By Leo Babauta
It took me a long time to figure out why I, and so many others, have difficulties changing habits and making lasting changes in our lives. It all comes down to a little child. And that child lives within each of us. This is the voice that stops us from making lasting changes.
This is the voice that says it’s OK to have those pastries, those French fries, that fried chicken. Life should be pleasurable!
This is the same voice that says it’s OK to skip out on exercise, is the same voice that causes you to procrastinate when you’re facing a difficult task.
It causes you to skip meditation, or skip learning a language, or skip writing your book, because you’d rather be doing something easier. This is the voice that keeps you from starting your own business, or pursuing the job you always wanted, because you’re afraid of failure.
This voice isn’t you. It’s a little child inside you. It’s the younger version of you, perhaps when you were 5 or 6. But you’re not 5 years old anymore.
And yet your life is run by this 5-year-old. The trick is to notice that this 5-year-old child is telling you what to do. But don’t listen. Don’t obey. Don’t believe its rationalizations.
You can endure difficulty. You can learn to be OK with discomfort. You can face the fear.