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“I know I should, but I don’t”

Updated: Jun 30, 2021

Does this sound familiar? Do you ever know what you want to do but cannot seem to engage enough to do it?

“I know I should, but I don’t.”
“I know I shouldn’t, but I do.”
“I want to, but I’ll start tomorrow.”

You have the information but not the intention. You have the information and the intention but not the implementation. Or sometimes, you have the information, the intention, the implementation but not the motivation.

We are educated people and, we are bombarded with more information daily. We know what we want, what we need, and we know how to do it; but for some reason, we often do not or cannot put it into practice. You can get a fitness program, a daily planner, a meal plan and a health audit online for free; obtaining the information is not hard. You attend a course and think, ‘I know this information already’, and you do, but you’re not taking action.

The reason is that your conscious mind, the knowing and educated part of your brain, only controls 2-4% of your actions. The other 96-98% of your actions are controlled by your subconscious in accordance with your emotions, beliefs, memories, thoughts and values. These are the things that govern your behaviours, and quite a lot of them may be outdated. This is staggering; we’re going through our lives, hoping to achieve specific goals or milestones but often relying on a historically programmed autopilot to get us there.

So although you know how and what, you should be doing, your behaviours don’t match your knowledge. For example, sometimes we take the first step, we book the course or session but then don’t show up or we show up but don’t engage.

To counteract this, we need to bring the subconscious into the conscious. We need to make sure the autopilot and the pilot are using the same route map! This means reviewing and understand our reasons, our motivations, our beliefs, rules and value systems. Then you can align your conscious reasons with your subconscious behaviours, helping you to do and achieve the things you want or need to do. Change is inevitable; personal growth is a choice.

Instead of having a journey where you continually start and stop, or have the intention but not the implementation, take a look at the foundations and fix the path. This will take you from where you are to where you want to be, closing the gaps in between so the journey will be easier each time. If you don’t want to burn out, stop living like you’re on fire. ~Instead, take the time to stop, reassess and refocus. Wellness is not an end goal, it is an ongoing state.

Stop getting in your own way and Rebalance your behaviours.

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