Step 8 of the 8 step Transformational Process

Step Eight: Walk in New Beginnings

Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you'll get to where God wants you to be.” – Joel Osteen

The last step in the Eight-step Transformational Process (8STP) is New Beginnings. It is what I call the come to Jesus moment where you are ready to surrender your life to Infinite Intelligence and you are ready to make the necessary changes to see change

Change is not easy but it is necessary. Making change requires tenacity, focus, and resolve. How long it takes a person to change is totally dependent upon that person. Change can be gradual or instant. Have you ever heard that it takes twenty-one days to make a new habit? I have and thought it was true until I found out that it was a myth. When Dr. Maxwell Maltz wrote his bestselling book, “Psycho Cybernetics,” he said that it takes "a minimum of twenty-one days to form a new habit." This phrase was changed and it ended up becoming it takes twenty-one days to form a new habit.

On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic—sixty-six days to be exact. How long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In Phillippa Lally's study, it took anywhere from eighteen to 254 days for people to form a new habit. In other words, if you want to set your expectations appropriately, the truth is that it will probably take you anywhere from two months to eight months to build a new behavior into your life—not twenty-one days.

Do not become discouraged if you do not see immediate change. Keep working at it and remember Rome was not built in a day.

Retraining Your Brain

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist specializing in Neuropsychology which is a branch of psychology that is concerned with how the brain and the rest of the nervous system influence a person's cognition and behaviors. I became acquainted with Dr. Leaf when I heard her teaching on the subject of Neuroplasticity which refers to the life­long capac­ity of the brain to change and rewire itself in response to the stim­u­la­tion of learn­ing and expe­ri­ence.

Years ago scientists thought that our brains were hardwired from birth and that because of genetics our destiny was set. Today research has shown us differently. You can break toxic thinking and reverse its affects. This process is called neuroplasticity. This is incredible news. No matter how toxic a person’s thinking is, when they commit to making positive changes in their lives, it is possible. When toxic thinking is broken you can expect to change every area of your life.

For some walking in new beginnings is a matter of life and death, literally. If your patterns of thinking are worrying, fear, doubt, and anger changing to a more positive mindset is essential for living a healthier and happier life. ­

Toxic thoughts are like poison. They put extreme strain on your body’s systems that can result in everything from patchy memory to severe mental health issues, immune system problems, heart problems, and digestive problems. Research has determined that 80 percent of physical, emotional, and mental health issues could be the direct result of your thought lives.

Walk in new beginnings. Choose life and live. Start living your new life today.

"Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have—and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up." — James Belasco and Ralph Stayer, Flight of the Buffalo (1994)

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