Our environment, the people and all the external elements around us can be influenced with varying degrees. It is easy to replace the car we have, as compared to switching to a different company. Family culture, market trends and political/social/economical factors are the hardest to change or influence.
Learning about what is easy to change and what is not is important before we try to influence, replace, remove or tinker with any of the environmental factors.
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Where you are right now is a sum total of your starting point, your character and your environment.
Our character, personality traits, behavioural patterns, level of awareness, and decision-making skills form a set of variables that define the outcome of our life. Another set of variables is what we get in our environment, like our upbringing, and the people around us.
Good environments are a blend of talent, technology, tolerance, transparency and transcendence.
We can impact our environment by simply changing the way we behave and react.
We may not have control over most of the factors of our environment, but the more we understand ourselves, getting aware of our personal power and learning the required life lessons to humble us, the more capable we get at influencing our own environment.
Some factors will stay the same no matter what we do, and it is a good idea to change our mindset about them, and decide to see things differently. We can redesign our environment or redesign our thinking.
You get one life and one chance to make yourself happy. Instead of sitting and complaining about not pursuing the things you want in life, do something about it.
The biggest poison we encounter as humans is regret, so stop making excuses and start making yourself happy.
Whether it is a resolution to lose weight, to do more exercise, or to consume less sugar, we all have encountered hardships trying to stick with them.
Health-related New Year Resolutions are easy to make, but hard to implement. We all could use some healthy behavior changes that continue past January.
Making resolutions requires no effort, but if we decide to suddenly shift towards improving too many of our behaviors at once, it can backfire.
Focus on one thing that you want to change, at a time, and commit to it.
You may not be able to change the external circumstances, stressful situations, or work environment. What you can do is control how you react to negative forces and stressful situations.
For example: If you get unhealthy food at your home, you can control how or when you eat it.
The Social Cognitive Theory states that a mix of personal and environmental determinants influence our behavior, our beliefs and the outcomes we expect if we do act as planned.
If you want to change your behavior, break an unhealthy habit, or develop a new habit, find out all the information about it.
Find out if it suits you and your body, and how much you need to push yourself. If you can see how it benefits you, it can work as a motivation to keep up with the change.
There are five stages in the process of shifting towards a healthy practice:
Seeking support, asking for help, or even making your progress visible to others helps you with social support and an added motivation.
It also weeds out potential cheat moments as your friends know about your regime.
Trying to create a new healthy habit while being in the same environment or surroundings can be difficult. Changing your surroundings to suit your new resolution ensures you adhere to it.
For example: If you are trying to cut on sugar, your pantry should not be filled with candy, but with fruits.
People get motivated socially, as there are a lot of people with you, engaging in the same challenges to lead a healthier and better life.
For example: If we see social media posts of a friend exercising regularly, it can help motivate us to be more active.
We all want to accomplish a lot of things, some of which cannot be suddenly achievable. We need to work on small and attainable goals, inching towards our bigger goal, step-by-step.
For example: If you cannot suddenly start going to bed early, try going a few minutes earlier than the night before.
Reward yourself and celebrate the goals you accomplish, and the milestones you complete.
Create a list of what you want to change and place the easiest issues firstly.
When you finish improving one aspect, only then you can start the next step. The first steps are important and when you'll see the results of your efforts, you will be inspired to go further.
It doesn’t mean that you should procrastinate all the time as you want.
If you’re working on a project, for example, schedule an alarm every 2 hours and relax for about 15 minutes. But don’t spend all your free time on unproductive activities: do exercise for your body and for eyes, go for a walk or have a meal if it’s needed.
When you tell someone about your goal, you already feel partially satisfied because you start thinking that you’ve done some steps on the way towards your goal.
Plus, some of the people you tell might demotivate you.
Recall your thoughts during the day.
For example, when you receive a compliment about your work, you think, “Oh, that’s nothing.” And this is a problem, you can estimate your work objectively, we are all inclined to think about ourselves only in a bad way. Just silence your inner critic and start thinking that you can improve your life.
Align with criticizing ourselves, we also like to criticize others. We judge and label other people so quickly, even if we don’t know them.
If you want to lower the level of negative thoughts, stop comparing yourself to others.