The beginning of a new year is often a time when transformation is at the forefront of our minds, and I would like to give you some food for thought.
Transformation begins with a shift in beliefs…
Whether you’re trying to conquer your anxiety and stress, overcome cravings for sugar and carbs, beat addiction, improve sleep, balance Gaba and glutamate or other neurotransmitters, or what have you, all transformation begins with a shift in beliefs.
If you keep doing the same thing over and over that has not worked in the past, then transformation is not going to happen.
And a shift in beliefs begins with an Aha moment. The light bulb comes on and suddenly you see things in a different light or understand things in a way you didn’t before.
Unfortunately, a shift in beliefs is not something I can give you. It is an inside job.
But I attempt to help you have Aha moments by sending you emails that present you with the facts and truth about what is needed to achieve your goal, but I cannot make you see the light.
Once an Aha moment has occurred, then action must take place. Don’t sit on it. Don’t question it. Don’t tuck it away for another day. Don’t let another practitioner take it away from you with their contradicting beliefs. Don’t carry on as if nothing happened. Take action.
After the Aha moment and shift in beliefs occur, then there must also be a change in identity and values. Over time the new belief must be incorporated into who you are and what you value.
Now, once you’ve had an Aha moment, a change in beliefs, and are ready to take action, that does not mean you are on easy street. It takes a great deal of work, perseverance, and commitment to solidify the belief and change identity and values. The road is not linear. The journey is filled with peaks and valleys, battles, discomfort, and fear. And most importantly, it is life-long. You must remain committed to the changes and the goal on an ongoing basis.
Repetition and consistency with the new actions are what solidify the belief.
And your desire to change must become greater than your drive to remain as you are. If it isn’t, change is not likely to happen.
Remaining the same must be more intolerable than making the change. In other words, the pain you experience from not changing must be greater than the pain you experience when you remain the same.
And you must want change more than anything in the world and be willing to do whatever is required to get there. Many people think they want to change, but they don’t. They just want the pain, symptoms, or consequences of their actions to change, but aren’t willing to do what needs to be done to make that happen.
For example, nearly 35 years ago, I had an Aha moment when I woke up for the millionth time with a raging hangover and very little memory of what had occurred the night before. Internally I felt like I was consumed by darkness and I was dead inside. In that moment, this way of living became completely intolerable. I could not live like this for one more moment. The emotional pain was unbearable. I went to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction later that day, and I never looked back.
Rehab was excruciating. I didn’t think I would survive. My disabling anxiety attacks increased with a vengeance. It was pure hell, and so was my first year of sobriety. But turning back was not an option. No matter how hard it was, the only acceptable choice was to keep moving forward. Engaging with my addiction would be more intolerable than anything I was going through. I would have walked on broken glass and burning embers to remain clean and sober.
Then about a year into my sobriety I had another major Aha moment when I realized that eating sugar and high-carb foods was the primary driving force in my disabling anxiety attacks. It was clear as day. The action I took was to eliminate sugar and high-carb foods from my diet. Yes, it was difficult. Yes, I fell on my face and relapsed back to sugar numerous times in the beginning, but I knew what had to be done and I kept taking the steps needed to move forward until I achieved the goal.
If I wanted to be free of anxiety, then I had to do what needed to be done. The level of anxiety and misery that I endured was more intolerable than not eating sugar and carbs.
Eventually, I became a person who valued a life without sugar and high-carb foods. I became a person who didn’t want to eat sugar because I could see it was a poison and I understood it was an addictive mind-altering drug and I do not want to put that kind of stuff in my body. I went from a person who “couldn’t” eat sugar to a person who wouldn’t touch sugar with a 10-foot pole, even if you paid me. My resolve is unshakeable.
And similar Aha moments have occurred for me repeatedly throughout my life. Over and over it became clear to me without a doubt that eating the right diet was the key to maintaining my recovery from disabling anxiety attacks, addiction to drugs and alcohol, depression, and compulsive overeating, and for keeping my blood sugar stable, managing stress, supporting my adrenal glands, preventing insomnia, managing microbial overgrowth, alleviating IBS, enhancing cognitive function, overcoming fibromyalgia, preventing OCD, having more inner peace, creativity, and tranquility, and elevating my health and well-being overall.
And if I want to keep experiencing those benefits, then I must remain compliant with my diet. It’s as simple as that. So, I do not stray, because giving up those benefits is intolerable. And my resolve is repeatedly strengthened.
If you have had an Aha moment and change in beliefs and are ready to take action, then I am here and ready to help. Enroll in my Higher Level of Health Complete Support Coaching Program to work with me one-on-one and get all the tools you need to begin your transformational journey.
My wish for you as we begin this new year is that your life will be filled with Aha moments that lead to a shift in beliefs and a strong resolve to do whatever is needed to achieve the goals you are trying to achieve.
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