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Overcoming Your Inner Sloth

If you are like most people you may occasionally have a difficult time with change, especially with change that takes some effort.

It is odd to think that we often avoid or procrastinate what is good for us. Is it simply because we are too lazy and we have too many excuses? Once, we overcome our inner sloth and make that first step to get in motion, stay in motion and see and feel the benefits, to keep going in the right direction gets easier and easier.

Why is that that case? It is very similar to not wanting to go to that party, even though you know it will be fun. Getting up, getting dressed and leaving the house seems to be too much work, but at the end of the night you probably come home, had a good time and were glad you went.

Focusing on what the benefits are of why we do things is what keeps us committed.

Is it necessary to struggle so hard with things that are good for us? How can we beat our inner sloth? By creating and supporting good & easy habits.

Forming good habits follows the same principle, really. Imagine this:

Creating new desired habits by way of making them easy to practice, helps you keep them.

For example you decide you want to focus on your health and nutrition. What if you had your glass of lemon water sitting on your bedside table prepared the night before so that when you woke in the morning you could sit up and sip the benefits without moving too far?

As you sip in the comfort and quiet of your bed you can contemplate the intention for your day and your next steps. Perhaps you even include a short meditation. Supporting yourself with ease (having your work-out gear ready and easily accessible) will help you ditch the habit-breaking excuses you might have.

Create ease and maintain your new desired habit:

5 Benefits of drinking lemon water include:

• Helps flush out toxins

• Strengthens the immune system

• Serves as a powerful anti-bacterial

• Benefits the skin and prevents wrinkles & acne

• Potassium nourishes the brain & nerve cells

Of course, this behavioral pattern applies to a multitude of different scenarios and situations. It is much like the First Law of Inertia; either you are at rest or remain at rest until that force propels you to move and once you are moving, you stay in motion.


Camilla Joubert and Mel Maya

Lifecoach and writer

West Vancouver, BC, Canada

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