When you want to shift something in your life, sometimes the scale of the change can seem daunting. So how do you get from point A to point B (or…point Z) in a way that’s actually doable – and sustainable? It can be tempting to take drastic actions to make big changes – but you might sabotage your changes by falling into your old habits. Today we’ll talk about how you can create positive changes in your relationship, or something else in your life, in a way that’s practical, and relatively easy – no matter how big the change.
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Neil Sattin: Hello and welcome to another episode of Relationship Alive. This is your host, Neil Sattin. Today’s topic is going to be how we can create big changes in our lives, but in ways that are sustainable. Because if you do something big to change your life but then you just fall back into old patterns, well, you’re going to get the same results you’ve always gotten. Do the same thing, get the same results. So how can you create a big change in a way that you’re going to be able to keep going, that you’re going to be able to follow through on, so that it doesn’t become just some other big resolution or a promise that you make to yourself that you can’t keep? That is what we are going to talk about in today’s episode, and I’m going to use an example from my personal life that I’ve experienced over the past few months so that you can get a sense of what I’m talking about.
Neil Sattin: First, I just want to say thank you for being here with me. This wouldn’t be a show without you being here with me to talk about relationship issues, and all these different facets of how to show up more fully in our lives, in our relationship with ourselves and in our relationship with the people who are most important to us. So thank you for being here with me.
Neil Sattin: Okay, I think that’s it. Let’s get on with the show, shall we? So when it comes to making big changes in your life, a lot of people talk about the need to take massive action. If you want radically different results, you have to do things radically differently. And on some level, that’s true. And often, taking massive action can sometimes be necessary, because sometimes the changes that you want to make, if you want to, for instance, leave a relationship, those kinds of decisions and choices and actions can feel huge, and you have to do this big thing in order to create some momentum in a new direction. But it can be common for people to take a huge action, to feel all this energy and momentum, maybe you’ve even gone to some personal development seminar and you come back all pumped for the big things that are going to change in your life, and then day after day, week after week, you find that it’s hard to maintain the big change.
Neil Sattin: And this sometimes happens. I mentioned the ending of a relationship as an example. It’s a good example because sometimes, I’m sure if you haven’t experienced this, you’ve known people who have experienced it, where they take a big action, they decide they’re going to leave their relationship, they even announce it to their partner, and then it never quite happens. Or it does happen, but then somehow they end up back together again, and back in the same old patterns that they were always in, and the same old misery, and the same old reasons for not being together in the first place. So it’s not all doom and gloom, fortunately, but there has to be something else to back up whatever big changes you are trying to make in your life.
Neil Sattin: And those could be big changes like ending a relationship, or it could be big changes like making your relationship better, because maybe you simply want to improve the way things are in your relationship. And this is another thing where it can be like, “Alright, we’re going to have a date night every week. We’re going to make sure that we take three vacations. We’re going to show up every day in ways that are loving and caring.” And on and on. “We’re going to explore new realms of sexual ecstasy together.” But then in the end comes… What is it? After the something, the laundry. Like, there’s the day-to-day quality of life and how challenging it can be to sustain anything like that, even if you have the best intentions and the best desires and the most brilliant vision for how you want a thing to be.
Neil Sattin: Because the big things are inherently not sustainable, they take lots of energy, they take lots of time, they can take lots of thought and planning. Even though initially they’re somewhat abrupt, if you want to keep those things going, then it requires a lot from you, and that’s why it’s not sustainable. And then you have this other problem, which is…
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