pattern change

How are we spending our time so far?

We can all agree April 2020 has been one of change, and the creeping of new norms/patterns as we adapt. Sill, if we don’t step back to check if the new patterns are positive or adjust them, we can adapt a rhythm that can drift us into an unhealthy/unfulfilling path.

A clinical psychologist shares his insight on this from recent conversations over the last few weeks (during this COVID-19 season).

What’s happened in this lockdown, people have got into some routines that can actually go not so well. And I’ve talked to a number of people that have been lethargic, kind of waiting instead of thinking about, “What routines and patterns do I want to establish so I can use this time to serve the aspects of my life that I need for it to serve?”

Now obviously, there’s a bunch of stuff we can’t do right now, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do. See the difference? There’s stuff we can’t do, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do.

Dr. Henry Cloud

He offers some direct but inquisitive questions to ask ourselves.

And you can begin to think in a number of these areas: what you want to change in your life; how you want to grow; what shifts do you want to make; what you want to build.

There’s always that question, “What am I doing that I need to stop doing? And what am I not doing that I need to start doing?” And those are two big valid questions that we always, always, always need to be asking. But if we don’t ask them, we’re just going to be running down these patterns.

Dr. Henry Cloud

Original clip found via YouTube here [timestamp 06:53-8:13; full talk, 03:26-14:48]. It’s part of the Dr. Cloud Show where viewers can call in and ask questions.

Today, Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist and best-selling author. He has written 45 books, including his business books with over 15 million books sold. 

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