By Debra LeClair Psy.D.
What does the cross-section of neuroscience, spirituality and psychology offer in regard to making life changes—otherwise known as the new year’s resolution?
Our ability to change—a habit, a behavior, an attitude begins with being able to truly connect to that person we want to be. To do that, involve your senses. How would it feel to put your hands around your waist and be 5 pounds lighter? How will you look when you see yourself fitting into clothes that are 2 sizes smaller? Research has shown that when a person is unable to relate to a future imagined self—when that future self is experienced as being so different that they might as well be someone else, motivation is lost and the old ways of doing and thinking about things returns.
“Feeling will get you closer to the truth of who you are than thinking”-Eckhart Tolle
So be honest with yourself, if going for a goal of starting a company that will be in the Fortune 100 feels like science fiction, go with what does resonate with who you are now and could envision yourself becoming—a entrepreneur who launched a small company that is moving into the black. Still too big? How about seeing yourself as a small business owner that is working with it’s first client? The big idea here is to synch up with that picture of your life that feels real enough to touch and amply inspirational to cause you to move in its direction now, and over time.
“Every circumstance is a chance for you to practice being the person you truly want to be” Marianne Williamson