Activity is the third puzzle piece to life and recovery. There is one word that I always use here and that’s Transformation. I did a whole talk on it a few weeks ago. I talk about it every single week and so when I talk about transformation I want to talk about disaster. Here’s the definition, if you want to write it down, if you want to jot it down, put it in your phone, however you want to get this down.
Disaster equals should change, could change, won’t change.
Transformation equals should change, could change, will change.
So break those down. You’re sitting down in your life and you have a list of things that you should change. You can identify them very easily. I should change my spending habits, I should change my diet, I should change my social interactions, I should change my lifestyle, I should change my habits, whatever they are right? None of my business and then you say, could I change these, should change, could change, could I change these, could I make a little bit of improvement? One percent better on each of these every day, and then if you won’t change, should change, could change, won’t change you are leading to disaster. If you think that those things on your list that you should change but you won’t change are going to change on their own you’re lying to yourself. And transformation is should change, could change, will change and that’s as simple as that. Now why some people change those things and some don’t, why some people stay stubborn and some don’t, why some people stay self-righteous about the fact that they can’t or they won’t, whatever it is, I don’t know, I stopped trying to figure that stuff out. I could say the same talk to 100 people – five people run with it, five people say I’m crazy, the rest of the people just say “oh that was nice and they go back to their own life.” I just stopped trying to figure all that out to be honest with you guys.
Things Don’t Really Change
Things don’t really change – the only way things will change is if you change – let’s just stick with that theme. I mean that’s kind of like a cute thing of humanity – human beings have situations in their life and circumstances in their life that they’re not happy with. Okay how do I know that? Because I’m a licensed therapist. When someone comes and sits in a therapy room they don’t sit there telling me about all the highlights of their life. They tell you about all the things in their life they’re struggling with right? So they know they’re aware they have insight of what it is in life that they need to change or they hope to change. And then the weirdest part is that they actually could change those things, they could make changes, but then the baffling part, the weirdest part is the fact they won’t change. Wow you got to change something but you won’t do it and what in their mind, they’re like “oh it’s too much work.” “Well it’s not my fault this happened, it’s somebody else’s fault.” “What’s the point if I try? Nothing’s going to change anyway.” They have this poor philosophy on change, poor philosophy on transformation, so whatever you want to do you got to identify what it is you got to change and then get to work. Some of it on your own, some of it in a support group, some of it with a trained professional therapist or clinician, some of it with a pen and paper on a beach, some of it with breathing exercises, some of it was just tapping into commitment of why you want to do it in the first place, getting into gratitude to find some motivation. Oh man, I don’t know what it is but your philosophy on activity will dictate your future.
Your philosophy on activity will dictate your future.
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