I have so much to be thankful for. This week has been one of noticeable changes. Stuck in bad habits, I was blinded to my real condition. As I am breaking free from these old habits and releasing the negativity and clinging to the truth, there is a peace and an excitement that is building inside me as I see things changing and getting better. Some changes are of course requiring diligent work and thought and others are just happening automatically. I began this four weeks ago knowing that changing habits was a good thing but not easy. I have faced quite a few challenges along the way but I stuck with it because “I always keep my promises” and now I am seeing the seeds that were planted beginning to sprout and the start of something much bigger is emerging. Seeing the process in action is exciting and causing my belief system to grow!
I read this the other day and thought it was well written about the importance of changing my habits to change my life.
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them – quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of great people,
and alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine though
I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person.
You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I? I am Habit.
This week has been one of great challenges. Mark J has said that when you are under stress, you revert back to what is comfortable. I see first-hand this week how true that can be. For several days I have been battling a migraine and because of that, even the simplest of tasks have seemed daunting. It’s not so much the physical things, for I make myself do them, but the mental things are overwhelming.
Blogging definitely is mentally challenging for me as a beginner. This week, today, is one of those times I would prefer to close my laptop and hide from it all. That would be much more comfortable, but I took the challenge. No one ever said that forming new habits and changing would be easy! In spite of all I have faced this week, I have found that the new habits are beginning to stick. The successes I am seeing, and the promises I am keeping are super exciting to me.
As I am preparing the ground and taking in the new seed, like Og Mandino says “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later” I want the root to be strong so it will grow into the Greatest of Olive Tree’s but I must examine the root of my thinking. My thoughts and actions flow from my assumptions. My assumptions are the root and my thoughts are the fruit. The fruit of right thinking is always an assumption based on TRUTH. I realize I don’t grow insecure, intolerant, or defensive without something to feed those feeling or thoughts. And changing the fruit (my thoughts and feelings) is impossible without changing the root (my assumptions). So as I begin to discover my own “root” I begin to experience freedom, knowledge and understanding because I am refusing things that are inaccurate, unkind and unedifying. Replacing them with what is good, kind and encouraging.
Week 2…Wow, it has been exciting, but for sure much more of a challenge this week. I have found myself struggling to complete the assignments, in comparison to last week, which seemed almost effortless. Blogging is completely new to me and I have found it difficult to learn, but not impossible. I did do my first tweet today! I know for many people that would be no big deal, but for me, I spent most my time scratching my head as if it was all a foreign language. However there was success 😉
As I reflect on this week, one thing I realized is that my old blueprint is not wanting to change without a deliberate effort. Breaking or changing an old habit to a new habit is harder than I thought it would be. As I keep pressing forward, I realize that I am preparing the new furrows for the good seed so I can produce good habits. The bad habits do not want to give up what they think is rightfully theirs. They are relentless, and I see that in the process of destroying the ugly habit and replacing it with a good habit takes complete preparation of the soil and depending on what is the soil determines the amount of effort it will take. My thoughts begins to shape the life I live and affects my destiny. What I think and say to myself will impact the texture, color and music of my life.
I would like to believe that my soil is not so hard to turn, but these are areas that have been more or less untouched for years, so, it will be more than just a journey, but an adventure!
Journey to success
Life is full of choices, each and every day I have choices to make. As I am on this journey with so many others, I have made the choice to see each day as new, full of everything I can image for myself! Never looking back, but forward, I do not want to limit myself, but I do want to form those good habits that will replace the old.
I understand that Life is a journey , full of twists and turns. I will have both success and failure in this journey, but it is how I view both success and failure that matters. I have found myself asking the wrong question when I fail, and in so doing was distracted from discovering the right answer. My typical question is “Why did I do that? This self-condemnation rarely ever leads me to a good conclusion, but if I ask instead “What lesson can I learn from this failure?” The very nature of this question leads to growth, rather than continuing defeat. Changing my expectations from automatically assuming, I will fail again, and sometimes going as far as to tell myself I will never succeed. I have to choose a different line of thinking. To say I am a failure, and I’ll never be good at anything” is pure assumption. The problem is I usually get what I expect. Sooner or later, if I assume I will fail, I will. But If I expect to succeed, I WILL and I will have the freedom to learn from my failures and use it as an asset on my road to success.
This first week of MKMMA, I thought would be more difficult than it actually was. I found things happening almost effortlessly, my 15 minutes of sitting was actually relaxing, enjoying the greatest salesman in the world, as each day I seemed to grasp a little more. I did find it difficult to concentrate on the silent reads, my mind did wander and I would have to go back and re-read some sections. I decided for myself, that I would take one day at a time, doing each exercise until it was completed, instead of looking at the whole picture and thinking about the whole week and thus becoming overwhelmed. I look forward to next week with excitement, expecting success each and every day!