Struggling with things that haven’t seem to budge in a long time sucks. There is a better path, but no amount of New Year’s resolutions have placed you on that path for more than frustratingly short time periods.
I have a suggestion. Nothing else has worked has it? You’ve settled into your “new normal” because you’re tired of the disappointment of failure, haven’t you?
No More Resolutions
Instead of making another resolution to “do better,” simply experiment with a whole different game plan. And here it is…
Let Go of the Inertia
Inertia is momentum that stays the same under it’s own energy until something effects its course. So, instead of trying to stop doing something that you don’t want to do, start doing something else that is part of the different path you’d prefer to be on.
Then Do It Again
The first time you do something different than “your new normal” it will feel a bit awkward. That’s just the way it is. Like they say, “That’s the way the cookie crumbles.” But, the more you simply act on that thing that’s a part of a better path, it will keep feeling more and more normal.
As you simply repeat doing the better thing that’s part of the better path, inertia begins to work in your favor. In fact it become more and more your “new automatic.”
Trying to Stop the Inertia of Bad Choices
Trying to stop the inertia of bad choices is like hand to hand combat with the flesh and the devil. It doesn’t actually work out very well in the long run.
But, changing the flow of inertia is quite another. In fact, in a little time you will have the same experience I had the first time I went on vacation in the Rocky Mountains.
My parents and I were driving into the mountains on the highway that the map said led to Pike’s Peek. I kept looking a long ways away. But, then I turned around and looked out the back window of our car. I was shocked at how far “up” we had come from the lower elevation.
The Emphasis of Repentance
Repentance isn’t working hard to stop one action. It’s replacing the unproductive action with one that looks like the path you prefer to be on. Inertia takes over. Now, you’re living…
Here’s the thing. You can’t do more than one thing at a time regardless of how good you think you are at multi-tasking. Just keep experimenting with better, more pleasurable ways of doing what get’s you where you really want to go.
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