The roadmap for changing behaviors

“Being mindful is about being more aware of your present moment than where you have been or where you may want to go.” - Tadayoshi Inoue

Being mindful can sometimes take quite bit of focus. It isn’t as easy as it may seem at first. As I have noticed over the last several years of putting many mindfulness practices in place in my life and helping others put them in their lives, it can be quite hard to form these new mental habits. 

The truth is, any new behaviors that I try to incorporate into my life can feel very difficult to maintain because they aren’t what I am used to. My mind will often encourage me to do what I have always done, which may be nothing at all! 

The real culprit of my difficulty in changing my own behaviors is my inability to manage my own emotional pain and discomfort. When I feel uncomfortable my mind will automatically try to get me to do something that will ease the discomfort. This usually means NOT doing the new behaviors that I may be trying to iron into my days. 

The good news is, once you start down this path of literally forcing yourself to do what doesn’t feel right in the moment, things get easier. It usually takes about 21 days to form a true habit. This is what is required when we change our behaviors. We are essentially creating new habits of thought and action. So get ready to fail a few times before your mind gives you a break and makes things easier on you.

Time is our friend when it comes to behaviors. Doing something over and over until it feels easy is the easiest way to do this. But once you get there it feels natural and easy. 

I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. 

(*Picture: me with my latest Champion bikini winner Rachel Price! She won her class easily at the NPC USA Championships this last weekend and earned her pro card! Another pro card earned on the books!) 

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.