We all have the power to change who we are. Not immediately. It takes time. It took time to develop into the person we are, and it will take time to become the person we want to be. Our identity emerges from our habits. Every action casts a vote for the type of person we want to become. Each action is another piece of evidence supporting that identity. If you play an instrument once, you cannot call yourself a musician, but if you played every day, you could. Even if you only practiced 10-minutes a day, if that practice was purposeful, you would see improvement. In time, you and everyone you know would have to agree you are a musician. Habits hold the key to unlocking our potential as human beings.
As human beings, our greatest gift is our capacity to transform ourselves through our habits. A bird can only be a bird. A tree can only be a tree, but a person can become whatever they want to be. We are less human beings than human becomings. Our mind, body, skills, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions flow from our habits. We enter this world the same; weak, fat, and ignorant. What about genetics and innate talent. What about it. By the time you finish my book, I will have dispelled the notion of the innately gifted. Some people do have a slightly faster metabolism than others, but lifestyle is a much bigger factor. The increasing obesity rates are not being driven by genetics.
Poor genetics is a common excuse given by people that have no idea how many calories they are consuming. If we want to change our behavior, we must first confront our choices. If there is a secret to developing the self-control required to break bad habits, it is MINDFULNESS. It is our best weapon against bad habits. Bad habits are often described as chains to light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. In this analogy, mindfulness arms us with a pair of bolt-cutters. Without it, we have little hope of escaping the chains of bad habits.
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