If you’ve done any cooking, you will have noticed that when you follow the same recipe, you tend to get the same results. As I’ve written previously, the same principle applies if you wish to create the life you want. The results you get in your life are the result of your thoughts, which determine your behaviors, which determine your results. Therefore, if you want to change your life, you have to start by changing your thoughts.
Many people tend to overlook this basic truth and tend to believe changing your behavior is the only way to change your life. However, changing behavior directly is extremely challenging … because your behavior is driven by your patterns of thought.
As an example, consider how difficult it is to lose weight or to stop smoking. Both have simple solutions: eat less and stop putting cigarettes in your mouth. Yet, how many people do you know who have failed at one or both?
While behavior is hard to change with sheer willpower, it can be changed quickly with a change in perspective.
You might find it impossible to lose weight under normal circumstances, but suppose your child needed a kidney transplant to live, and you were the only possible donor. If the doctor told you he or she won’t do the operation until you lose 50 pounds, do you suppose you’d find a way to do it?
Not only could you do it, but you’d do it easily. A simple change in perspective made all the difference.
You don’t need to be forced to make inner changes. You can choose to change your beliefs and perspective to something more useful.
Changes in behavior are most often the result of inner changes. When your thoughts and beliefs change, your behavior is also altered. For example:
Are your current beliefs holding you back? Are you certain that the things that you believe are true? Are you aggressively and enthusiastically pursuing your goals each day? Everyone has limiting beliefs. What are yours?
When you change your thoughts and beliefs, your habits will change, too. When the things you do each day are altered, your results are altered.
When all you think about is your current life, you get more of the same. Spend some time each day imagining yourself in your new life. When this type of life begins to feel normal to you, you’ll start to make outer changes in your life, too.
Negative thoughts bring poor results. If you spend most of your time thinking worrisome thoughts, how can you have a positive life experience?
If you want to experience outer changes in your life, start by making inner changes.
An Intrinsic Coach® and enthusiastic student of personal development, I've been actively writing on a range of related topics for over 10 years. The range of topics I share has varied over time, but I try to pick ones that will hopefully strike a chord with you. You may or may not always enjoy everything I write, but if you appreciate the effort please make a point to share it with someone else.
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