How Your Feelings Affect Your Habits
Have you ever noticed how your feelings affect your habits every day?
It’s even true that feeling a certain way can become a habit.
And these habits can have an effect on your life even if you aren’t aware of it.
For example, if you grew up in a home where your parents always argued, you may have developed a fear of relationships.
You may think it is perfectly normal for adults to constantly argue.
If you have been surrounded by money issues, then this subject can always make you fearful or angry.
A habit is just a set of steps that you do repeatedly, so you can see how negative feelings and thoughts can affect this.
A child might grow up expecting that they will never have money.
And so, they don’t bother taking any steps to change how it affects their life.
Instead of learning how to save or budget, they accept that they won’t have money when they are older.
Don’t let your feelings hold you back.
The point here is to not let your negative feelings affect your efforts into trying to make changes.
First you have to understand what it is you want out of life.
Do you want to own your first home? Do you want to have a happy marriage? Do you want to go to college? Maybe have a successful business?
Whatever your goal is write it down and then figure out the steps you need to take to achieve it.
How much money you need for a down payment for a home, for example.
Then start thinking good thoughts about your choice and believe that you can do it.
Be positive that you will save enough for your down payment. That you will get accepted into the college of your choice, you find the person of your dreams, or you will be successful in your business.
Develop a positive attitude.
Another example is weight loss.
If you want to lose weight, that’s going to require that you form new habits.
You need to eat smaller portions of healthier food to achieve your weight loss goals.
Or maybe you need to pay attention to when you are eating, rather than snacking all day.
You may have already tried to lose weight unsuccessfully.
I know I have tried it many times in my life! 🙂
Most of the time, when you struggle with losing weight, it is because your mindset is not in the right place.
If you look really deep down, you might find that you actually believe that you will never lose those 20 pounds or that you will still feel the same as you do now.
If you can get past these negative feelings and turn them into positive ones, your chances of success will improve.
Instead of focusing on the negative parts of losing weight, start thinking about how great you will feel when you can fit into that little black dress again.
Turn your plans into actions.
Now that you have a plan of action you need to form the habits to achieve your goals.
This can include learning how to put money aside weekly.
Or it might involve taking a night class so you can get accepted to college.
Or it might be doing some business training to help you know the best ways to build your business.
As you start doing these things repeatedly, they will become part of your daily routine, and will form a habit.
Before you know it, you will be saving regularly without thinking twice.
Do-Be-Have is a self-perception theory that psychologists use, and it also relies on action.
Most of us have that backwards.
Most of us think we need to Have a certain thing or set of things (more money, love, time, experience, etc.), so that we can finally Do something important (pursue our passion, start a business, go on vacation, create a relationship, buy a home, etc.), which will then allow us to Be what we truly want in life (peaceful, fulfilled, inspired, generous, in love, etc.).
In actuality, it works the other way around.
First we Be what we want (peaceful, loving, inspired, abundant, successful, or whatever), then we start Doing things from this state of being – and soon we discover that what we’re doing winds up bringing us the things we’ve always wanted to Have.
And so, sometimes you just have to “act as if,” and get into action.
You can think of it simply as “we become what we repeatedly do.”
In fact, taking action will change your attitude and personality, and over time you will become the kind of person who succeeds at the goals you’re working toward.
This is why many authors who write about goal setting and achievement say that reaching the goal is less important that who you will become as a result of the process of reaching the goal.
And this is why “success breeds success.”
By being dedicated and reaching that first goal, you become the kind of person who reaches their goals, and that makes future success even more likely for you!
Negative emotions and limiting beliefs are not written in stone.
They can be changed simply by the process of striving for your goal.
If you look at your life and find that you’re not happy with where you are at, or the direction you’re going, start working on changing the way you feel about yourself, and about others.
Understanding how your feelings affect your habits can lead to huge improvements in your life.
This small change of mind can lead to huge improvements in your life.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
Have you noticed how your feelings affect your habits?
What kinds of things have helped you change the way your feel about yourself and others?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
I would love to hear your stories.
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