Updated: Jun 11, 2019
Raise your hand if you have ever promised yourself you were going to start something new and then talked yourself out of it before day 1. Maybe you read an amazing self help book that you just couldn't put down and you were going to fully commit to living your best life, but then a few days later the hype was gone and you were back to doing what you always do. I am no stranger to this.
My personal favourite is making plans to start running or going to the gym consistently. When that alarm goes off and its time to keep my promise to myself, my brain will talk me right out of putting on those running shoes. Before I know it I am back in bed checking my social media.
Change is hard work, but the hardest part is getting started. Once we master that hurdle the rest becomes a lot easier. I am not going to lie, things could get pretty uncomfortable and you may experience fear, anxiety and what feels like a universal push back. Breaking old patterns and adopting new habits can be like trying to swim against the current, which is why we need to strengthen those faith muscles.
Faith and fear can not coexist, which makes faith our greatest weapon in our battle to make lasting change.
Here is 5 easy ways to start growing your faith.
1 - DAILY MEDITATION
Setting aside even 5 minutes a day for mediation can eliminate a lot of anxiety. A lot of fear comes from being anxious about the future. We stress about all the things we need to get done and how we have no down time and how it might be cold outside or how we might look silly working out. All that stress and worry does not exist when you get yourself into the present moment.
So take 5 mins (at least) to just breathe and be exactly where you are. Pay attention to your breath and be totally present in the moment. When we can let go of trying to figure out the future and just have faith that it will all work out we get to be present in the moment and that is where life really happens.
If you're new to the idea of mediation there are a ton of great apps and youtube videos available to help guide you. My favourite is Insight Timer. Check it out and let me know what you think. PS totally not an add. I really enjoy this app.
2 - PRAY
You do not have to be religious to enjoy the benefits of prayer. When I first started praying it was super weird and uncomfortable and I had no idea who I was talking to but it freaking worked. If nothing else prayer helps stop that insane chatter in our heads and helps us focus our attention to that great source of life that connects us all. Take some time to put a stop to the autopilot brain of yours and turn to prayer instead. When you're feeling overwhelmed, instead of obsessing over what to do, how to control, fix or prevent the future, fold your hands together and ask (insert your belief here) to guide your thoughts and actions. Ask for your attention to be focussed on what your purpose is and not on the fears. Ask that you be given faith and that you can let go of all worry. Keep praying every time your feel yourself sitting in fear or anxiety and watch the miracles start to happen.
3 - MAKE YOUR DAMN BED
Ok so it doesn't have to be your bed but pick something to do everyday that you really don't want to do but you know will make you feel good. Preferably something in the morning so you can start your day with a victory. If you have ever listened to Tony Robins you're probably familiar with his morning plunge. Every morning he jumps in cold lake for a swim. It sounds ridiculous but the point is to not let your brain talk you out of doing anything you want to do. Excuses will always be there but only you can give them value. So pick something. For me it is making my bed and if you don't make your bed already I highly recommend it.
4 - GOOGLE IT
This might sound like weird advice but it totally works for me. There is so much free content out there to help get us out of our funk. We are living in an era where we have unlimited access to answers and information and, for the most part, its FREE. Immerse yourself in positive uplifting quotes, stories of triumph and transformation, podcasts that offer you solutions to your struggles, instagram accounts of people who have gotten to where you want to go. Watch inspirational Netflix documentaries, (Tony Robins - Not Your Guru, The Secret & Tidying Up were some I really enjoyed) Check out your local library and find a book about a kick as person who overcame odds and is now living their best life. Soak it all in and then let yourself believe it can happen for you. Because it can, it literally can and will.
Here is the catch! You cant just consume content, do nothing with it and expect to change. You need to put some action behind it or it wont stick. It is a lot harder for our brains to change our actions then it is for our actions to change our brains. Let that sink in for a bit.
5 - JOURNAL IT OUT
Keeping a journal is my favourite way to get fears out of my head. Things that have simple solutions and weren't initially a problem can become huge scary beasts when my brain gets a hold of them. Getting it all out on paper allows me freedom from thinking about it. Once it is written down it is much easier for me to let go and walk away and get some perspective. This is why I love 'to do' lists and calendars; if I have things written down I don't have to think about them. It's a simple concept but it can work wonders.