“The only thing that is constant is change” Heraclitus
When its comes to making changes in our lives, we don’t always manage to embed habits into our routines long term. Even when we are aware that the changes are beneficial to our health and well-being, it still seems like it’s harder than it should be. Why is it this hard to maintain healthy habits in our daily routines when we know it’s what we want?
Much like a village that has no water to fertilise the land, no roads to connect for trading and no schools to educate the children, you are limited to what you have in the immediate vicinity. If there is not a strong support system then the changes will not be as easily sustainable. Each change must be supported with the necessary infrastructure to ensure the sustainability of the habit. There will be failures, there will be mistakes but let’s look at how this interplay contributes to long term success. Change can be challenging and simultaneously exciting but with the correct mindset it can also be just what you needed/wanted.
I think that personal health and well-being should always be of utmost priority to any decision you make. If you have a solid base of healthy self-esteem then you should be able to build on that with relative ease. The mental health charity, Mind sates that your self-esteem can affect multiple variants that directly relate to the formation, initiation and sustainability of change. ‘Self-esteem can affect whether you:
- Like and value yourself as a person.
- Are able to make decisions and assert yourself.
- Recognise your strengths and positives.
- Feel able to try new or difficult things.
- Show kindness towards yourself.
- Move past mistakes without blaming yourself
- Take the time you need for yourself.
- Believe you matter and are good enough.
- Believe you deserve happiness. – (About self-esteem, 2019)
I DO NOT OVER-PLAN. Research shows that planning and over critical thinking do not support rapid change. Paul B. Brown is co-author of ‘Just Start ‘published by Harvard Business Review Press and regularly contributes to Forbes online, he explains, ‘Researching, planning and gathering resources doesn’t help you much when the world is changing as fast as it is these days. You can come up with a plan that is perfect—for a world that passed you by while you were spending all that time planning. Similarly, you could end up solving for a problem that has either gone away, or been solved by someone else while you were lining up resources.’ (Brown, 2013)
To all you, in this unprecedented time, stay safe, healthy and happy.
Love, Dayra x