How Shift Happens in Our Lives : zen habits
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It’s a powerful skill to take a look at your life and see that you need to make a change.
Often we know we need to change but don’t want to face it. The skill, then, is to get very honest with yourself and recognize that a change is needed, and then finding a way to flip the switch so that you’re committed and taking action.
When you are ready to take action, get good at actually getting started.
It doesn’t matter how you start — don’t get caught up in indecision and research. Instead, take action.
You will get discouraged or lose motivation at some point. Get good at encouraging yourself over and over again instead of discouraging yourself.
Also, get good at noticing when you're finding reasons to stop and take action keep yourself on track.
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If you don’t set a time, you’re more likely to put it off until you have more time or energy, and then put it off until the next day. Soon, it’s not a habit at all.
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