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  • Writer's pictureNika Antuanette

A New Perspective

I’ve heard time and time again this valuable piece of wisdom: “If you want something you’ve never had, you need to do something you’ve never done.”

How can we expect different results from the same actions?

Assessing our go-to patterns is a healthy habit. It is good to examine what we have grown accustomed to doing and perhaps, re-programming our minds and bodies to produce new possibilities. It can be both liberating and paralyzing to start fresh. Where do we begin?

When we want to change something, we need to be very conscious about our choices.

Old habits feel so familiar and safe. They are always a sure way to achieve results that we recognize. If the new year is inspiring a sense of change, why not honor that shift?

It will take practice and I know I am still working on implementing new habits and patterns in my own life. It is not an overnight fix, and it will surely take work.

However, there are some things we can do to help ensure we are challenging ourselves to be the best version of who we are!

It is worthwhile to put ourselves in new environments. That way, we cannot predict and plan the way things will proceed. We will not be on “auto-pilot,” but instead, we will be forced to truly live in the moment. Being present is key to basically everything. Be bold and be vulnerable. It may not be comfortable, and it may not feel like anything else that has happened before. Nonetheless, that is the point.

I like to notice how new situations make me feel. What comes up? How do I respond to the unknown stimuli in the environment? Do I retreat? Do I jump forward and dive right in? There is no right or wrong, but simply taking inventory of our actions will help us devise the plan that will work best for us as individuals.

Sometimes I cry and sometimes I laugh and sometimes I feel completely neutral. It is hard to anticipate what will happen when we surrender to the natural flow of life. This can be scary, because we are encouraged to prepare for just about anything and everything. Failure is frightening, and we don’t want to feel like we weren’t successful. I know that’s the truth for me, too. Letting go of expectations and judgment is necessary to making strides in the direction of the future. We must not get stuck in the “what if’s,” and just be brave enough to try something new.

Once you allow yourself to take a calculated risk, reassess how it went. It is hard to look without desire, but it is a good skill to practice. We desire results that come across a certain way, whether they be physical and tangible or manifested in a feeling or sensation. It is wise and admirable to have a vision of what we consider to be our personal ideal. I know what I want to strive for, but I need to give myself credit for going along on the journey.

Taking those first steps is critical, and don’t give up after that. Commit to what you believe is important. That is one of my New Year’s resolutions that does not only need to be dedicated to the New Year 2019. It is an ongoing process, and I will embrace the day-to-day work that needs to be done. Keep at it. Keep going and keep striving. As long as you keep moving, you keep moving forward. There is no time like the present to do what you’ve always wanted to do!

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