So, in my work with people lately, it is becoming more and more clear that using will-power to change unwanted habits is counter-productive and that there is a far better way... a ways that feels better, is easier, and lasts...
I do love the statement, 'Imagination is more effective than will-power'.
It is so true because what you imagine yourself doing - you will inevitably end up doing. For example, how many times did you imagine yourself going to the cupboard and getting the chocolate before you actually did it? Even though your will-power was trying its best to stop you... you had already imagined it, therefore, you had already set your creative powers into action and your body was just following through on its command.
When somebody comes to me wanting to release a bad habit, I ask them "Can you imagine yourself not doing it?" They will more than likely say "No' because if they could imagine themselves not doing it they probably wouldn't be!
Anyway, I'm side-tracking from what I really want to say here... which is that when we want to release a bad habit (as well as visualising ourselves free from it) what we can work on - which will work every time... is self-love.
I know... boring... I always talk about self-love and everyone always talks about self-love, blah blah... but it's sooooo true! Just hear me out...
You see, some people who are stuck in bad habits are just filling in time doing what that are used to doing, because they have forgotten what they really want to be doing.
I believe we all came here with a Source Code - a talent / ability / passion / interest that feels amazing to us when we do it, something that is uniquely ours...
Unfortunately, a lot of us have squished this natural tendency in our efforts to be loved by other people. Instead we have favoured behaviours and activities that we thought would get approval from others, and deep down we feel unfulfilled... because we are not living our truth.
The great thing about loving and celebrating who you are, with all your quirks and eccentricities, is that your passions and abilities naturally rise to the surface where you can say 'YES!' to them. And then life gets really, really juicy.... So juicy that the bad habit you used to do is easily exchanged for a new way of living that deeply feeds every level of your being.
I have a great workshop that supports you to find what you love, you can find out more here, but really I just want to hear what you think... write me a comment, leave me a message.
Susan Harrington-Baker is an International Inspirational Leader, Teacher and Intuitive from Christchurch, New Zealand.