The Test of Your Commitment

by Neseret on July 15, 2011

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So you’ve decided to give up an old habit after so many years. It maybe you decided to quit smoking, eating junk food, drinking, playing video games or whatever else your vice happens to be. We all have a vice. We all have destructive habits we’d be better off without.

What is your vice?

It takes a lot of courage to admit you have a problem to begin with, then to make the decision to change. That is half of the battle. Although sometimes people are forced to make changes through drastic and sometime tragic events. Like loosing someone you truly care about, loosing your self-respect and dignity or being in a financial mess to name a few.

However you come to the point of being willing to change – congratulations! It is easier to choose to change but better late than never if you’re forced to change. What happens after you start making changes. You will often face obstacles to derail you off track. These may come in the form of temptations.

Sort of like the ugly dragon rearing its’ head.

The test of your commitment to change will be tested. Of course if you do not have a solid foundation you will have a hard time maintaining the changes you’ve made. Now the solid foundation I’m talking about is change on the level of your thinking. Change on the level of your subconscious beliefs about yourself and your ability to commit to yourself.

What motivated you to make the change in the first place? Why did you decide to make the change? If the answer is anything but something coming from within you’ll have a difficult time fighting the dragon. You have to want the change deep inside for your own reasons. Sure it helps to have other motivating factors such as people you care about or professional support etc. However to have a lasting change you have to be committed to improving yourself.

Ultimately you will have the strength to overcome temptations and the desire to go back to the old, comfortable, but destructive habits when you have decided this is something you wanted to do for yourself.

There is a power in choosing.

You have the power to overcome what’s holding you back.

You’ll have times when you’ll fall off the wagon, and that is part of the journey of recovery. When you do have a real desire to change you’ll get back up and move forward again. Eventually you will get stronger and stronger and kick the habit.

The biggest obstacle is changing your own dysfunctional beliefs. Do you believe you can overcome this habit? Do you believe you can do it? If you don’t have a strong belief in yourself and your ability to change then you’ll struggle and sometimes sabotage yourself.

The most important thing you can do to stay committed to the change you’ve made is to continue working on your inner self. Continue to engage in self-development. Read, watch videos and associate with people who support your best and highest self.  Believe in yourself.

Believe that you can change and never give up.

Blessings and Peace,

Neseret

 

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