Before moving to Colorado, I had so many images in my mind about how my new life would be. I thought about what it would look like, feel like, what I would do everyday and most of all, how different it was going to make me. I pictured all my old bad habits being left in Michigan and envisioned this amazing opportunity of starting over and how lucky I was to be given a “second” chance.
Disclaimer: Old habits come with you, life is not perfect and starting over takes a lot of time and consistency.
The first month was a little rough, and not just because I was in a new city, but because being taken out of your comfort zone forces you to come face to face with what has always been standing in your way: Yourself.
This was not easy. In-fact, it was really difficult. I had to accept that the image I had created about this perfect new life of mine wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought and would take major work on my end to build that life for myself.
So I made a choice. I took a really good look at my life and picked out two habits that have always held me back from making my life easier and started with those:
1. Complete one task at a time
2. Keep room clean everyday for 30 days
Sounds pretty simple, right? Except that nothing is simple when it’s a habit or a learned behavior you’ve had you’re entire life. It took so much patience, mindfulness and consistency.
Working on these two habits every single day the last two months hasn’t just improved my life, it’s changed my life. Completing one task at a time requires me to move slower and cleaning my room everyday makes me better understand the concept of doing things right away instead of waiting.
I started to see other areas in my life improve. I was suddenly more motivated, inspired, organized and without knowing it, I wasn’t just changing learned behavior, I was changing my path.
I see now that changing your life is directly correlated with how you feel about yourself and what you think you deserve.
So do yourself a favor and take that walk, write down your food, make your bed and give yourself the chance to change your life.
Trust me…it feels really fucking good.
Break the weight,
Books that helped me:
1. Getting Things Done – the art of stress free productivity by David Allen
2. Better Than Before: By Gretchen Rubin