Now, the first steps seem to be four - but these are a little interlocked, so don't take them as a clear sequence, but a series of steps which are reviewed and refined:
- Look around the environment you've created and get rid of anything which is really holding you back. That adult entertainment, those pharmaceuticals (legal or otherwise), those news programs, the clubs which really torque you around at every meeting - quit, desist, junk, throw out all of these, as you can, as soon as you can.
- Get onto a sensible schedule which has enough sleep, but enables you to form new patterns. In that schedule, you will need to get into the proverbial "early to bed, early to rise". Means not that you are onto some farmer's schedule of rising before the sun, but it means that you are disciplined enough to stay on a schedule and not drag yourself around in the morning and arrive to work "just under the wire", but without sufficient nourishment and short on sleep.
- Set up a healthy diet routine. It may not mean cutting out all beef products, or colas, but will mean getting far more real healthy food and less "fast food" or "TV dinners" in favor of home-cooked meals created from as-close-to-farm-fresh whole vegetables as you can. You also need to exercise daily - any sort will do to begin with. Just get out and get the body moving around.
- Your schedule is going to have to contain some time for daily prayer/meditation/review/soul-searching. The reason for this is to reinforce your new habits that you are forming. Some of this time would be spent in studying new data which will reinforce your new patterns. But daily work at what you are creating brings those patterns into a new habit. Your old habits will "protest too loudly", but your consistent reinforcement of your new patterns will replace this old habit as long as you do it repetitively, on a set schedule, for as little as three times to as long as three weeks - which probably depends on how "thick" the habit is, how strongly held, and your conviction to change it - as well as your personal self-faith.
More later... (Busy taking out some trash I've left around.) ;)
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