When we decide to make a significant change in our lives, one of the biggest factors that contributes to our success is making the quantum leap in our minds from the person we are today, to the one we envision for our future.
What does this mean, making the leap in our minds? Well, it has to do with how we perceive ourselves.
If we continue to think with the patterns of our past while at the same time attempting to behave differently, our patterns will more than likely win the almost certain tug-o-war that ensues.
Patterns, after all, are entrenched, repetitive thoughts and actions, whereas new behaviors require a different way of thinking and being and tend to be frail and wobbly as a result. At least until new patterns are created that reinforce and support the new behaviors.
When we attempt to change our behavior without also adapting our inner thoughts and perceptions of how we fit into this newer version of ourselves, we set ourselves up to fail.
Our behavior represents an outline of who we strive to become, but until we color in the center by fully aligning with our intention, the true picture never fully materializes.
How To Align With Our Change.
Aligning our inner selves to our outer ambitions can be challenging, especially if we’ve never considered who it is we want to be as this new and improved person.
Taking some time to envision ourselves in the future is a great place to start. For starters, give this exercise a try:
Once you feel you have a pretty comprehensive profile, check out this exercise, called Personify Your Change, and practice it at least once or twice a day for as long as it takes to bridge the gap between your current mindset and the one required to fully align with the you after the change.
Envisioning ourselves in the future, especially when we have the depth and breadth of who we are once we’ve transitioned successfully, is a powerful exercise that can also be really fun and uplifting. It’s free and easy, and the results can be profound. So why not give it a try? And let me know how it goes, I’d love to hear from you!
Coming up, the final post in this series.
Our next post will summarize this month’s series of How To Step Fully Into Change, so if this is the first read in this theme, make sure to stay tuned for the next post, where links everything in the series will be included.
Thanks for reading!
About the Author
Megan Rounds, Ed.D. is owner and principle perculator of perculcha, llc.
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