We’re creatures of habit and can often get carried along through life as if we’re on a travellator. We do the same things in the same way, wear the same clothes, take the same route – some of these patterns could be keeping you stuck.
Now I love a routine and I’m organised, and there certainly is time and place where these are useful. It’s the patterns and habits that are getting in the way of you having a life you love that we want to shake up.
If you’re not quite on track in some areas of your life, take a closer look at your habits and routines around them. What ones aren’t good for you? Are there any old patterns you’ve slipped back into without realising? Is there anything you’ve meant to do but haven’t gotten around to?
I’ve done a morning routine for years, it’s my little slice of ‘me time’ before I start my day. I found I’d started to slip and miss days when we rescued a dog last summer. He needed so much time and attention, I started shortcutting my routine and quickly found I’d gotten out of the habit of taking the full hour I loved. So, I made a commitment to myself and started to do my full routine again. I absolutely love it and I’m back feeling inspired and energised at the start of each day.
Where do you want to shake things up? Here are a few suggestions:
Dress for a party every day
Change your wardrobe to wear all the outfits you save for best. There’s a great quote by Steve Edge: “Dress for a party and the party will come to you”. He believes in wearing his party clothes every day rather than saving them for a special occasion. Steve is a great storyteller and if you want to find out why he dresses for a party, you can watch him explain in this short video.
Try a new hobby
Is there something you’d love to try out but have been putting off? Have you always fancied taking up dancing, learning a language or letting your arty side out and make something? Either make space over the holiday to have a go, or if it’s not possible then, make a commitment to yourself, plan it and get it booked in your diary.
Unplug and spend time in nature
If you find yourself held up inside and plugged into technology, it’s time to get outside in the fresh air. Whether you prefer the park, woods or beach, being out in nature has wonderful healing capacity. Get really present and engage all your senses to appreciate your surroundings and enjoy the feeling of calm you’ll achieve by doing this.
Do a random act of kindness
Kindness has a power all of its own, it warms your heart and makes you feel alive. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tzu
Have a think about what you can do today, here are a few ideas:
- Handwrite a card or letter to someone
- Take time to listen to a friend
- Volunteer in your local community
The Lightning Process is a great way of changing patterns. If you want to have a chat about taking the training or need some support with applying it, contact us to find out how we can help you.