Survey the small percentage of people who succeed at following through on their New Year’s resolutions, and you’ll find that most of them didn’t rely on tangible tools to reach their goals.
They didn’t use the patch to quit smoking. They didn't follow a diet plan or even opt for surgery to lose weight. Instead, they used their frontal cortex to change their perspective.
They dealt with the issue head-on. They thought about why they smoked. They considered why they overate. They reflected on all the moments in life that challenged their self-control. This allowed them to come up with an effective strategy to avoid temptation.
In short, people change their lives when they move away from a model where the past dictates the future.
This happens every day. You can become engaged, shift your perspective and stay in the present every single moment. It's not easy to put one’s mind in the present. It takes enormous effort to attain the mindfulness to stop worrying about the future or regretting the past. A shift in how we position our mindset, so it’s with us in the present, starts with how we treat our mornings.
A regular gym, yoga, or meditation routine is an excellent way to slow down the pace of our thoughts and move into this new mindset.
I urge you to take care of it first thing in the morning. I like to think of my days as airline flights, where I’m the captain of the plane, and prepare my flight plan accordingly, checking that everything is in order, making sure of my destination and double-checking my equipment.
Most of us wake up in the morning and take off as quickly as possible. We shower and dress in record time and grab a bagel with cream cheese to eat in the car, or we just wait to buy a Danish and coffee from a place near work. This is the equivalent of taking off and waiting until you’re in the air to think about a flight plan or destination. The rest of the day ends up being a game of catch-up. Forget preparing for a meeting. We’re lucky if we manage to show up on time.
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