Resolutions do not work. We know that, but somehow we forget our failed resolution experience from past years and repeat it again. And oh! How advertisers love to take advantage of that! There’s a host of industries out there ready to pounce. Gyms, fitness and diet-based companies, see you coming a mile away. The ads fill social media and suck you in when while your pumped up with that “I can do it!” confidence that tells you you can do anything. That is until you can’t… or rather until you think you can’t. And there you are stuck in the same old mud.
Yes, our good old primitive instincts kick right in to protect us from change because that’s all it knows how to do. It hasn’t caught up with the fact that we don’t have to spend our lives looking for the next boulder to drop, the next saber-tooth tiger to attack, or the next bigger, badder species to devour us. Today we’re not afraid of starving in winter, we’re afraid of going to the dentist. We’re not afraid of cave bears, we’re afraid we’ll be late to our 11 AM meeting. In our quest to find a home to satisfy the needs of our fight or flight instincts, we’ve become a society of neurotics. We invent irrational fears that assure us we can’t cope with the “terrors” of everyday living. How are bodies work today relates not to the world we confront now but to the world as it was over a million years ago.
So how do we bring our primitive brain up to speed so that it understands that the changes we need to make for ourselves are actually something to train our subby to feel good about? We need to develop new habits, of course. Easier said than done. We must apply the knowledge that we have. Most of us have spent years gaining the knowledge, talking about the knowledge but we’ve never, consciously and consistently applied the knowledge to make those good-for-us behaviors stick. As explained in the Master Mind Alliance’s R2A2 model we need to Recognize, Relate, Assimilate and Apply in order to rewire those antiquated embedded neural pathways in our brain so that we can live the life we desire and not the life we settle for. We need to create a new reality for ourselves.
“LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.” I don’t think you can say it any better than that. Hit your Refresh button and make the changes you need to lead your best life. Your Future Self will love you for it.