A few weeks ago, I watched a vlog by Danny at Dream Big, Dream Often that inspired me. I keep thinking about it and have been trying to incorporate it into my life. So I thought I’d share it here, in case you hadn’t seen it.
The main point is simple: Instead of focusing on what you need to stop doing, focus on what you need to start doing.
Danny said, “We don’t have to focus on quitting anything. Just keep doing enough of the right stuff and the negative will not have room in your life.”
The positive changes will eventually push out the negative behaviors.
It’s important to make a plan and stick to it. Here are some ideas:
Instead of Saying:
- I have to stop eating junk food.
- I need to quit watching so much TV.
- I should spend less time on social media.
- I need to lose weight.
- I need to stop wasting money.
Say This, and Make a Positive Change:
- I’ll add more fruits and veggies into my diet. Have blueberries, strawberries, or apples with my yogurt. Eat carrots and hummus at lunch with my sandwich. Make broccoli or grilled zucchini and peppers with my chicken at dinner.
- I’m going to read more. Go to the bookstore and browse for a good book or magazine.
- I’ll call a friend. Make plans to meet for coffee or lunch.
- I’m going to take a walk every day. Can be short or long, just get out and do it. Wear my Fitbit or pedometer to count my steps.
- I’ll make my lunch two or three days a week. Make my own iced coffee.
These may or may not apply to you. But the idea remains the same. Add positive behaviors to replace the negative ones.
Here’s the link to watch Danny’s vlog. Sign up on his YouTube channel for more inspiration!
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