Our Tendencies Are Not Permanent: more on making changes

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I haven’t been here in a really long time. I do apologize.

Holistic Nutrition school is nearing the end and there have been loads of final papers, projects, and studying to get done. All that needed to take priority.

I’ve also been struggling a bit with life direction. Despite feeling a strong drive to be in this space and help others out with lifestyle changes and healthy eating choices I still feel a little bit adrift every now and then.

Sometimes it all feels like so much work.

So much work that I kinda wanna give up and go hide under my covers until it’s all over. But of course I can’t do that. If I did everything would still be waiting for me when I emerged. So I have to work to find some inspiration, take a deep breath, and get back on track.

Moments of happiness can be fleeting when we are feeling stressed and bogged down by everything we have to get done in life. I blame much of my stress and unhappy moments on some of my tendencies that have followed me my whole life. I am a procrastinator. I don’t keep in touch with people very well, or at all, even if they are important to me. I am a rolling stone who gathers no moss. I don’t get close to other people very easily. I often take the path of least resistance. I am a sugar addict.

When these things keep me from being my best self, I say “It’s just the way I am”.

And I let them keep me down. I allow my tendencies to rule me and my choices.

What I forget is that these are not permanent things. They are traits that I choose to continue to nurture and allow in my behaviors. They can be changed. So I am going to try and tackle these traits I view as more negative. These tendencies that keep me from being a little bit happier with myself.

You can read a nice post that sums all this up here.

And, the New York Times article that has spurred all this talk is here.

My last post was all about choosing a single small thing and doing it until it was a positive habit. This can be applied anywhere in life, not just physical habits, but emotional habits and personality traits as well.

I think I’m going to give it a go.

What do you think?  Do you have some negative tendencies you allow to rule your behavior and choices?  Would you apply a moral bucket list to your life? Tell me about them!

Be Well.

Jen

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