The way you react has been repeated thousands of times, and it has become a routine for you. You are conditioned to be a certain way. And that is the challenge: to change your normal reactions, to change your routine, to take a risk and make different choices. — Don Miguel Ruiz
Your old habits and subconscious excuses are blocking your joy. (In yoga speak, we call these old habits samskaras.) We retreat to a place of pleasure or pain subconsciously because it is familiar and comfortable to us. Any time we seek to move outside of what is familiar, fear and subconscious excuses come up. (In yoga, we call these vrittis.)
By identifying our personal samskaras and vrittis, we begin to shine light into our shadows. This is they key piece that is missing when people make everyday ordinary resolutions.
Spend the next week observing and journaling what comes up for you when you are presented with an opportunity or have a desire to change.
In order to transform these old habits into new – you need to go deeper than just wanting to loose weight, or wanting to quit smoking. You need to find the emotional response to your “Why” so that you can effectively go head to head with your old habits and excuses.
This is where the juicy stuff starts to come in. When you look at your personal “Why,” does it feel powerful enough to carry you through your excuses (vrittis)? It should feel powerful and ready for battle.
Your “Why” actually becomes your weapon to defend against those old habits and avoidances.
I would love to hear some of your old reactive habits and subconscious excuses that keep you from making powerful change in your life.