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Change – The Secret Guide To Change

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What is Change?

Change Mahatma Gandhi

What is Change?

Have you been saying things such as

  • why do the whales gets hunted?
  • why is there so much hunger in the world?
  • isn’t it sad to see so much war in the world?
  • isn’t it awful that those children were molested?

These questions make us dwell on what is not right in the world, or even in our world. Mahatma Ghandi stated that WE must be the change we wish to see in the world.

This is so very important when we are wishing for things to be different, we need to begin within, to make the changes we wish to see. One person can start a change.  Are you that person?

How do you begin to change?

Change Winston Churchill Quote

How do you change?

Change begins one step at a time.  I have been listening to some podcasts recently, and a couple of their favourite sayings are:

“A Master was once a Disaster”

“Fail falling forward”

In other words, each step forward in the direction of your ultimate goal is a learning step, whether you are taking a positive or a negative step, while always remembering that those you aspire to be like weren’t born a master at the skill. It takes practice.

I find this is a great way to keep focused on the change I am making to my life, rather than focusing on the negative feedback that often occurs in your head when we are making these changes you seek.

What are the first steps to change?

Change Lao Tzu quote

Steps to change?

  • Always the first step is the hardest – now where have I heard that before?? Oh yes, it’s the lyrics to a song!!

But how true is it? To break a good habit seems to take but a day, to create a good habit, practice, practice and practice again, for 3 weeks according to some studies!  It always seems so easy to slide back into bad habits, but difficult to create new habits.

Sometimes the language you use is the obstacle.

Reflect on the sentence above “….difficult to create…” do you notice the obstacle here?  Yes, it’s the word DIFFICULT!

Changing your language can be one of the first steps you can take in beginning a change. Instead of using,

…..difficult to create….

TRY

…..easy to create……

This can be the very first step you undertake when making changes.

  • The next step to change is working outside of your comfort zone.

Extend yourself in areas you have not been comfortable in.  Examples of this may be to talk in front of a group of people, where before you were not able to undertake this task.  Use groups in your local area to gain the confidence to do this, e.g., the local Toastmasters, or join a new interest group and try talking one on one to a stranger. Remember, it’s all about one step at a time. Extend yourself and you will grow, with growth comes change.

  • Lastly, give yourself a daily internal shower

Whenever we are considering change, we initially look at ourselves externally, thinking this will make all the difference to how we move forward in our lives, e.g.:

  • new clothes
  • new hairstyle
  • new appearance
  • new tattoo
  • new makeup

Does this make a change that is significant to our lives? Does this really allow you to fail falling forward, to learn new ideas or concepts that are outside of your comfort zone?

You need to consider cleaning up the inside of your body as  well as the mind!! By cleaning out the toxins that sit within your cells, that eat away at you as much as the negative thoughts eat away at you, you begin a new journey, you take on board CHANGE!

Why change me?

Change AC Benson Quote

Why change me?

The eternal question:

why do I need to change?

If you have not achieved what you are looking for, is it the scenery that needs to be changed? Or is it you that needs to change?  There is a saying that is often reiterated throughout the internet,

…….if you have not got what you want, doing what you are currently doing,

then you need to change what you are doing……

This is a lovely set of reasons for instigating change in you.

What do you feel you are missing in your life?  Is it freedom? What does that type of freedom mean to you? Is it financial? Is it time? Is it materialistic? Is it spiritual?

First discover what you are searching for, it makes it easier to instigate the changes you are dreaming of.

Thank you for reading my blog on change, and all of the blogs from the Health & Happiness Collective. It’s been a fun time about change, and if you wish to instigate change, please contact me.

Change Flyer March 2014

Change – Paleo Diet

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The Health & Happiness Collective Blog Hop has been hopping along quite well – I’ve been really enjoying the variety of ideas so far on Change and what it means to my fellow bloggers – truly inspiring.

Today, Sarah, from The Wellness Ninja, takes a look at the concepts of a Paleo Diet.  I’ve been reading a lot lately about this particular diet as many people are now aware of it, it’s also listed on best seller lists, so it’s definitley popular.  What I have been noticing though is that there are many different interpretations of what is a Paleo Diet.

I really enjoyed Sarah’s take on what constitutes living like a Paleolithic man.  It is so incredibly accurate – I loved it!!

Scotts Gap Farm

Farm life

I suppose a lot of the reason that I like Sarah’s blog so much, is that it reinforces exactly the style of diet I have been maintaining for a lot of my adult life.  Growing up on a farm, the majority of our food came from the paddocks (or fields for those of you who grew up in a different country to me!).

If we didn’t grow it, or harvest it from within a 2 hour drive from home, we didn’t get to eat it.  Yes, we preserved fruits when they were harvested in season near home, and yes, we froze meat once our nice friendly animal was raised and ready to harvest (apologies for the vegetarians out there, but it was our protein source, free range, grass fed, hormone free, kept on the best pasture as the animal was to be our food, never moved with the use of dogs barking at them, always allowed to have a peaceful lifestyle).

Enjoy reading Sarah’s blog, pop over and have a great big smile at the video at the end of her blog – that was an awesome find – love it!!