Last year I wrote this letter to wish you a Happy New Year. It still carries value for this year and every year that follows. Promises we make at the beginning of each year a meant sincerely, but many times are broken. The follow-through is where we must focus on, because habits and behaviors are sometimes difficult to break. Being taught since childhood that we have to confirm to certain standards has made us automatons rather than individuals. Parents and teachers, coaches, religious guides and anyone that we’ve ever came into contact with have left an imprint on our subconscious mind. Deep down we have accepted the rules of society. We thought we were ‘good’ if we conformed to the mind-sets of others.
In order to change our perception of who we are to who we want to be, we must first create a clear picture of our ideal ‘self’. Then, and only then, can we slowly change our perception of ourselves, hence our image and likeness.
Well, the truth is that we are naturally equipped to unfold from within and that all knowledge is already stored in this vast ocean of consciousness. We do not need the outside perceptions to show us the way. In a matter of fact these outside roadmaps all lead to the same place: misery, illness, unhappiness – an inharmonious life.
Pesky demands of our society include male and female stereo typing. They also include the race for a career and always having to win and to be the best. This encourages competition and induces unneeded stress. The stresses of today’s world have promoted alcoholism and addiction of any kind in order to cope. Our habits, good or bad, have strengthened over time. Our behaviors are the actions stemming from those gradually acquired habits. Repetition is the key to acquiring new habits, just as repetition was the reason for acquiring our lesser behaviors.
Breaking a habit, or more than one habit, will require diligent work. So whatever our negative habits which we are trying to change are, repetition, repetition, and repetition again, is necessary to change our innermost thoughts and convictions. But remember, don’t be too hard on yourself when working on ‘self’ - you are not alone. We know now that negativity creates illness and unpleasant experiences and who doesn’t want to feel good, healthy, appreciated, and loved?
So how can we break the cycle?
The first step is to know who and what you want to be. Honesty with self is required to accomplish this objective. This takes some diligent thought and sincere soul-searching. I’d say we can all agree that we certainly want health, wealth and happiness, even though, health, wealth and happiness might have many different meanings to each and every one of us.
Use those 5 essential application steps:
- Self-observance, through honest soul-searching
- Establish a new mind model of yourself, through finding out who you really want to be
- Stay focused and determined in changing your thought habits to a more positive outlook
- Do not doubt that you can accomplish what you have set out to do and stay on course
- Love yourself and treat yourself as the wonderful Spiritual Being you are
Have a HEALTHY, WONDERFUL and BLESSED 2017!