Begin Again

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. – Charles Dederich

It is a New Year. It is the first day of the rest of your life. Forget the past and begin again.

A New Year can mean a new beginning at living your life more fully. Forget all the silly New Years’ resolutions that are broken days or weeks after they are made.

Rather, pick one habit that you want to change. Study that habit. Pay attention and identify the challenges you face in overcoming that habit.

Notice motivational challenges, skill deficiencies, social influences, and environmental and structural challenges. Then devise an action plan to counter all those negative challenges.

It is important to hit the habit with a combined force of personal, social, and environmental countermeasures.

Habits are very hard to break because there are many strings that keep us bound to them. You must cut most of these in order to give your willpower a fighting chance.

You only have a limited supply of mental energy to use in forming a new habit. Use it wisely.

You must even the odds of success by enlisting as many aids and helps as you can muster. And you must design them for you and your unique set of challenges.

Published by

Jay N. Forrest

Zen Humanist Teacher.