monday meditation: new habits start with changing your thoughts


Everywhere we look right now people are talking about resolutions. At the core of every New Year's resolution is the setting of a new habit. Too often we are ready to hit the ground running with our new resolution, but we do not think about what actually goes into setting a new habit.

New habits start with a thought. A thought then creates an emotion. That emotion causes us to act. The action leads to a result. And the result leads to a new thought, starting the entire process over again. 


For most of us, we do a great job of thinking about our new resolution at the start of the new year. This year is going to be different. Which causes excitement and other positive emotions. This boost in our emotions causes us to act on our new resolution. The action will lead to results - and results over time will eventually lead to our desired outcome. 

Here is an example. Losing weight is one of the top New Years resolutions every year. So first, you start with a thought: I want to lose 10 pounds. That thought of being 10 pounds lighter, leads to positive emotions that give you motivation. Those emotions help you burst into action, running, doing yoga, eating healthier. That action will over time lead to the result you desire of losing 10 pounds. 

But often times we lose our motivation quickly. This can be a result of many things. But most often, we get overwhelmed by the process, and forget that all we need to do to get our desired results, is to start with a thought. One simple thought. 

Awareness is the key to having everything we want.