A New Free Report: Ten Keys for Kicking Your Habit

Hello all, and happy Fall! This is my favorite time of year for many reasons: the air is becoming crisp, leaves are turning, and children are gearing up for the new school year. I always feel more energized and ready to get back in the swing of things once the lazy days of summer have begun to fade. Both literally and metaphorically, fall is a time for shedding whatever has run its course to make way for new growth.

kicking-habit2Fall is the perfect time for reevaluating whether a particular habit, behavior, or outlook really serves us best in the now, or whether it is time to make meaningful change.

If you're like me, you probably have a running list of things you'd like to tweak a little, or change completely. On my to do list right now: get more exercise, eat fewer refined foods, bring my lunch more often, reduce my salt intake, increase the duration of my meditation sessions, be more patient, and so forth. As always, there are things I want to do less of and things I want to do more of.

What helps me, and I hope is helpful to you, is remembering that it's not about perfection (there really is no such thing, anyway), or about accomplishing everything at once. Our lives really are about the journey, rather than immediately reaching any specific destination.

 

Maintaining change is a moment-by-moment, day-by-day process. Each day, we recommit to what's important. That's much easier and more effective, I think, than trying to address "forever" right now, on top of everything else we do on a daily basis. And what a relief that is.

If there are old habits you wish to leave behind, or new ones you hope to begin, I encourage you to take a look at my free report, which outlines what you need to know about making meaningful, lasting change. In it, you'll learn about why and how we pick up habits in the first place, and what makes change seem daunting at times.

You'll also access practical tips for clarifying what healthy change can look like for you, and how to achieve this, step by step, using time-tested, cognitive behavioral strategies and self-hypnotic techniques. I've found this approach helpful in both my clinical practice and personal life, and I think you'll find it helpful as well.

As always, be kind to yourself, take a moment to appreciate what's good in the now, visualize the positive things you want to bring about, and be well!