Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Snapping Out of Autopilot - Forming New Habits

This morning I dropped my son off at school and had to stop and drop a tax payment off at the town office. Since this meant I had to make a slight detour, but only slight, on my way to work, my fear was that I'd zone out, fall into my autopilot going-to-work-routine and forget to stop. A mistake I'd made before.

So after dropping off my son, I said "Stop at the town office. Stop at the town office...." I continued to say this to myself out loud through the 3 traffic lights until I got to the point that I needed to detour from my usual route. And I thought, "Wow, here AGAIN, I'm thinking that saying something out loud is a way to bring it into focus, to force myself to remember and to force myself to change my habits." This of course is the very same thought that I had had yesterday about bringing resolutions to fruition.

And it came to me in a flash and I said outloud, "I am making a BOATLOAD of money in 2008. And I'm paying EVERYTHING off." See previously when I had stated my resolutions out loud, I had stated them completely, which meant saying:
I resolve to connect spiritually and feel the strength and peace that comes from that, every day.
I resolve to earn enough money to pay off all my debt and will finish doing so by January 2009. I will have zero balance on my primary mortgage, credit card bills, 401K loan.
I am listening to my body more and giving it healthier food and more exercise. This means every day my pants zip a bit more easily and therefore I exercise more as well. By July 2008 I fit into all the clothes in my closet.

Whew... That's a mouthful. It hardly rolls off the tongue. No wonder yesterday I was trying to figure out when I could count on having the time to say and dwell on such looooonng cumbersome thoughts. But now I have a better daily statement.
I am doing the Lord's work.

I am making a BOATLOAD of money in 2008. And I'm paying EVERYTHING off.

and I haven't quite decided of a nice short punchy version about losing weight and getting in shape. Maybe:
I have a body I love.

Yes, that's it.
I am doing the Lord's work.

I am doing the Lord's work when I thank someone at work for helping me out, when I make someone laugh, when I give my son a hug, when I feed the dog. I am doing the Lord's work when I learn to listen to harsh words and make something positive out of them (or at least quell the negativity). I am doing the Lord's work when I manage my money wisely enough to give generously. I am doing the Lord's work.

I am making a BOATLOAD of money in 2008. Just saying this gives me that same thrill that I first felt as a kid who told herself "I'm winning. I'm winning." regardless of the actual score. Winning is energizing. Receiving goodies is energizing.

I have a body I love.

Now I am set to proclaim my resolutions every day WITH FEELING!

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