How your past experiences can influence your present thoughts

Self -modification is important to living a fulfilling life. Every year you can come up with a New Year Resolution, however, you  may not take the time to work on making the necessary changes, I can admit to doing that myself. For instance, the past few January’s, I would make my New Year’s Resolution to lose weight in order to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, I did not make the conscious effort to eat healthier foods and exercise regularly.  When I look back on my childhood, I realize healthy eating and the importance of exercising was not part of my upbringing. As a result, I grew into adulthood not being aware of the benefits of practicing healthier eating habits and exercising. In 2014, I received a promotion and my caseload became very intense.  At that moment, it became apparent I needed to engage in a healthier way of living in order for my body not to burn out. I began to attend the gym at least 3 days a week to increase my energy level and relieve the stress from working, as well as making healthier food choices. This also helped to maintain my energy level. Living a healthier lifestyle was not something I could connect with growing up, however, making changes to my lifestyle help me in discovering a better and more fulfilling way of living.

Psychologist, Dan Gilbert talks about how life changes occur more rapidly than we anticipate. Gilbert discussed the question of identifying your likes and dislike from 10 years ago and if you were asked the same question today your choices would have changed.  

Generally speaking, life is a path of consist change that will occur when least expected.  We will go through various situations that may require us to change our thought processes. Ultimately, it will take making an informed discussion to practice the changes daily.  Each day is another step toward becoming a better YOU. Have you decided to make the effort to become a better you?

To view, Dan Gilbert brief video on: The Psychology of Future Self 

Thought of the day:

If you do not like something change it; if you cannot change it, change the way you think about it. –Mary Engelbreit


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