Have you ever asked yourself how you could be your best self? I have, and I used to think that meant struggle but no more.
Now I believe that the first step to being the best you can be is to take words like struggle, hard, strive, work etc., out of the equation.
I was reading a blog post today by a couple of very popular bloggers and they have clearly come to a very different conclusion about this. They wrote, “YOU need to do HARD things to be HAPPY in life”. They go on to say this is because, “the hard things ultimately build you up and change your life.”
Is this true?
Is going hard the best way?
Why do you want to be your best self?
Because you believe it will bring you happiness.
Is struggle your idea of happiness?
Can the destination really be different to the journey?
Think of every choice you make as a decision to put your boat in the water and paddle either with the current or against the current. Going with the current is going to get you where we want to go a lot faster and a lot more easily than paddling against it.
Paddling with the current is working with your needs profile and is how you will most effectively meet your needs, because that’s what life is all about. Everything you do everyday is an attempt to meet a need.
But what if what you want is against the current? There are infinite ways to meet your needs and you will find plenty of options when you choose to go with the current. Go with the flow of your life, don’t try and go against it.
You can never be your best self while you are forcing your way against the flow of your life.
Paddling against the current can seem like the only option but you are chasing a want rather than a need.
A want is something that you think will make you happy or at least prevent pain, a need is something that will actually make you happy.
It might seem easier to hang on to destructive habits or a lack of healthy habits like exercise, but that’s paddling against the current. No one needs to be unhealthy and endure all the associated outcomes. What keeps you heading in that direction is all the stories you are telling yourself about why your choices are a good idea.
- I don’t care about my weight
- I’ve tried everything and nothing works
- I can’t give up smoking
- I need alcohol to wind down
- I hate exercise
The Best Way to Make Change is as Comfortably as Possible
There’s a process of creating new habits and making new neural pathways which can seem uncomfortable but a lot of that discomfort comes down to how you think about it. If you tell yourself something is hard it will be hard. If you think what you’re doing is enjoyable it will be. Maybe not at once, but it will happen.
Unless you actively use your mind to be your biggest supporter, it will be your biggest challenger. Unless you turn your thoughts to supporting your actions you’re unlikely to be successful with them in the long term.
If you’re trying to lose weight and you keep telling yourself that you miss your treats, your food is boring, or it’s not fair that you can’t eat like your skinny sister, you probably won’t succeed. Change your thoughts to something that is true for you but supports your goal.
“I miss my treats,” ➡️ “I’m finding some really nice new snack food that keeps me losing weight (and follow up with action to do that)
“This food is boring,” ➡️ “I’m finding some really interesting new food I can eat.” (and follow up with action to do that)
“It’s not fair that I can’t eat like my skinny sister.” ➡️ “I can have anything I want in small quantities.”
Building skills through practise, changes something from hard to easy and changing your MINDSET is the hardest thing you need to do!
Repetition is the way that your body, including your brain learns. Repeated thoughts and actions will become your reality.
Change requires commitment but it will only be as hard as you make it. By heading with the current towards your needs, rather than chasing what you think you want, you will become your best self and find happiness faster.
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