Breaking negative cycles

November 12, 2018 Sandra Dawes

Since I know that there really is no such thing as a coincidence, I knew I had my subject for this week’s blog post after having conversations with 2 different groups of people where the subject of breaking a cycle came up. In both situations, the person who brought up the idea wasn’t happy with their current situation. They both realized that if they wanted things to change, they had to stop the negative cycles that had kept repeating in their lives.

Breaking these negative cycles is often easier said than done. In some cases, we’re not the only contributor to the cycle repeating. Since we have no control over the thoughts and actions of others, then only thing we can do in these types of situations is change how we react to them.

I believe that self-awareness is a key factor to breaking negative cycles. When we know why we react in a certain way, the triggers that provoke us to act in a way that we don’t want to, we can start to create a plan to do things differently moving forward. This isn’t a task that can be accomplished overnight. It takes time. It requires us to take responsibility for our actions and being honest with ourselves. Sounds like fun, right? 😉

While getting honest with ourselves and taking responsibility for the good, the bad and the ugly of our past might not sound very enticing, it is worth it. This isn’t an exercise to beat ourselves up about the things we’ve done that we could have handled better. It’s about forgiving others and ourselves and moving forward on a positive note.

We’ve all heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If we want to make significant changes in our lives then we have to break the negative cycles that have been holding us back. It means making a conscious choice to do things differently and actually doing it! How many times have you identified a bad habit but haven’t done anything to shift it?

If you want different results, you have to be willing and able to commit to doing things in ways you’ve never done before. Remember that you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. Thanks to the Internet there is an abundance of resources at your fingertips. If you want more hands-on guidance, you can always find a coach or mentor to help you. The point is, that if you want to make changes and break the negative cycles in your life, it is possible. It’s all up to you! ♥

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