Brain Disease

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So, it’s the 22nd day of the month and by now, a lot of people have forgotten all about their resolutions and goals.  Things that they were so excited about 21 days ago, now are a distant memory.   When looking at your “laundry list” of things you want to accomplish, it can be overwhelming.

I’ve decided that this year, I would not be fall prey to realizing midway through the year or even at the end of the year, that I’ve not accomplished the things that I intended to accomplish throughout the course of the year. Beginning 2013 the same way that I ended 2012, 2011, 2010, etc. has become a habit.  I must be suffering from some kind of  brain disease.

I know that sounds a little bizarre, but walk this out with me.  Disease is defined as a particular quality, HABIT or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people.  My “disease” can be summed up in ONE word….autopilot.

Autopilot is a cognitive state in which you act without self-awareness.  Boy, does that ever describe me and where I currently am.

The realization that I have brain disease/autopilot has resulted in a call to action.  How do I move from autopilot to STEADY and PURPOSEFUL movement towards my goals?  

Here’s how to cure my “brain disease”:

1. Break the habit/form a new one.  It is said that it takes about 21 – 30 to break and old habit/form a new habit.  This means that you are going to have to do something EVERY day that breaks/forms your habit.  I’ve started setting alarms for me to remember that I’m supposed to write or workout or even go to bed.  I know it sounds a little excessive, but you must do whatever you need to do in order to make purposeful steps in the right direction.

2.  Get an accountability partner.  Find someone that has a track record of “making moves”.  Find out what they are doing and imitate it until you find your own niche.  

3.  Don’t abandon ship with just one misstep.  During this habit breaking/forming time of your life, you will misstep a time or two.  This is not the time to stop, give up, etc.  This is the time to forge through that misstep and continue moving towards your goal.

I know this may be a huge undertaking, especially if you have been dealing with your “brain disease” or been in an autopilot state for a while.  Surround yourself with someone that will provide you with the support and encouragement needed as you battle your “brain disease”.

I would love to hear from you, please feel free to leave a comment or question.

Until next time….

 

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