Your old self vs. your new self

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I was reading the Cheryl Richardson (she’s what they call a life coach) newsletter this morning and she had some good advice to help you stay on track when you are trying to make positive changes in your life.


“If you feel stuck or frustrated about achieving a new goal, try this.  The next time you’re faced with taking action, ask yourself two questions:

*What would my old self do?
*What would my new self do?

Then take the “new self” action .

Let’s imagine you have a goal to get out of debt.  In order to get unstuck and move in the direction of success, Cheryl says you’ll need to do something different.

When you’re about to take an action related to money – buy something new or pay your bills, for example, ask yourself these questions to determine your next, best step.

If your old self would go ahead and charge the jacket you really want to buy, but you realize that your new self would hold off because you can’t afford it, hold off.  If your old self would pay your bills a few days late and your new self would pay them on time, pay them on time (or even a few days early ).

You can use this strategy for a variety of situations…
Want to lose weight?  If your old self goes to the gym only when he or she feels like it and your new self would go every day of the week, get moving every day.  If your old self gives into temptation and eats a whole box of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, let your new self go out and pull some weeds and I bet you will forget the peanut butter cups.

Get the idea?

It’s funny; we human beings are pretty smart.  Most of us know what we need to do to make positive changes; we just need to ask the right question and follow directions.  The strategy is working for me and I know it can work for you, too.  Come on!  Let that beautiful new self of yours lead the way to a healthier, more successful life!

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