Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Four Way Stop


There is a prevalent theory in recovery and and weight loss programs concerning the formation of new habits and the role of familiar or default actions and circumstances that can best be summarized with the notion of an intersection.  This theory talks about the role of familiar places, times, and situations in our day to day lives that act at decision points or crucial moments in our behaviors.  Sometimes these crucial intersections are literal, do I turn towards home or the bar?  Sometimes they are more difficult to spot, do I let my temper get the better of me or take a deep breath?  Understanding where these crossroads are in our own interior lives, the moments where stress and weakness or desire converge, can help us to make fundamental changes to the way we live.  Framing our behaviors in this light may help us avoid temptation or recognize which moments are the most crucial to our success.  

Where are the critical intersections in your day?  Which way will you go?

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