Change a 3 Step Process
August 25, 2016 at 10:48 AM
"If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done".
Change is ever constant in the world we live in. Whether it's the need to adapt our wardrobe and activities to the changing season, upgrade our computer/phone software to the latest version, or consciously make a life-style change to improve our well-being. There is no getting away from it change is ever-present and the easier we can adapt to it, and have it follow a path of our making, the happy our lives will be.
When someone comes to see me for the first time, I ask them about the changes they want to make in their body and the goals they want to achieve. Many are looking to move away from a place of pain to one of ease, others just want freedom of movement, that flexibility to get down on the floor and play with their grand-children.
The Network Spinal Analysis technique I use works with the body's energy systems to get rid of the old patterns that are not serving them and create new ones within the body. In the process of healing their bodies, many of my clients are also looking to make some lifestyle changes. For this reason in this newsletter I have decided to explore the steps necessary to bring about change for the better.
Change a 3 Step Process
To help you successfully make the changes you are looking for, I recommend following this simple 3 step process:
Firstly, we have to decide what change we want to bring about – this involves goal-setting. Write down what you want to achieve and be specific, if you have more than one goal, remember to prioritise them, as often one goal will need to proceed another. As humans we typically over-estimate what we can achieve in 6 months and under-estimate what we can achieve in a year. So unless your goal has a specific time frame associated with it, a year is a good amount of time to work with.
Secondly, we have to create a plan of how we are going to achieve those goals. I'm sorry, but wishful thinking just won't cut it, you need to sit down and record the actions involved in order for you to reach your goals. These need to be small tasks (steps) that can be ticked off as you progress towards your goal. Think of it as climbing a staircase. At least one foot needs to touch each step (going from bottom to top), try to jump steps and you risk falling back to where you started from.
Finally we have to take Action. Having a plan is one thing but unless we are prepared to put it into action, nothing will change. Often this involves courage, you have to ask yourself are you prepared to do something you have never done? The trick here is to focus on the learning and growth you will achieve by taking action. Mistakes are inevitable, but shouldn't be taken as a sign of failure or weakness, instead try and view them as assisting your growth, learning and determination. Remember change is a journey not an outcome, so enjoy the journey.
It is often easier to create new habits than suddenly getting rid of old ones. For example, your goal might be to reduce your coffee consumption. Rather than radically reducing the number of cups of coffee you have from a standard 5 down to 2, how about making a conscious effort to start your day with a cup of green tea, or water with lemon juice, before you have a cup of coffee? Simply by introducing new behaviours we find that over time, the old ones get replaced. I once read some research that stated an apple a day made you more alert than a cup of coffee. It's also been found that those elderly people who ate at least one apple a day had better muscle retention than those who didn't – Food for Thought!