If you’ve tried to make changes in your behavior or to reach goals in the past, and have failed to stay committed, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Training) could be the answer for you. If you’ve beaten yourself up for not following through, or spoken to yourself harshly for giving into temptation, or just plain felt like giving up, the ACT approach to behavioral change could make all the difference!
The first ACT step is to show yourself compassion. You are not alone in falling short of goals that you’ve set. We all have. We’re human. ACT offers an alternative approach to making changes in your life, by first defining what really matters to you, then taking steps to build that life you imagine deep in your heart; a life with purpose, that is meaningful and rewarding.
You’ll learn how to identify your values and how to genuinely connect with yourself, others and the world around you. Yes, you’ll set goals, but then you’ll also learn how to handle the internal struggle of meeting those goals, those difficult thoughts and feelings that arise…the lack of confidence, the fear, frustration, and stress that come with making changes and trying new things. You’ll also learn how to experience fulfillment in your life right now, as you steadily work toward making the changes you’d like to make.
The ACT approach is experiential. Learning about concepts is very different than experiencing them. I’ll share concepts using stories and metaphors, and with videos and audios. Then, you’ll be asked to try some exercises and practices, some that are quick and some that will take a bit more time. You’ll be encouraged to participate and interact with me and others who are practicing ACT processes. You’ll start building skills, and that takes practice. There may be some exercises that seem a little strange or wacky in the beginning, but if you’re willing to give them a go, I think you’ll soon discover the purpose and value underlying them.
So are you ready to get started? Great! Then, I’m going to ask you to do your first exercise. I’m going to ask you to notice your hand for 6 minutes. Yes, I said that right. You’ll follow instructions on a video called, “Mindfulness of the Hand.” I invite you to take this first step no matter how strange it may seem. What have you got to lose? It will only take 6 minutes, and we’ll reconnect afterward. Do it now. Here’s the link: Mindfulness of the Hand
So what was that like? Did the 6 minutes pass fairly quickly? Did you notice things about your hand that you never noticed before? Did you see things a little differently? What if you could notice new things about yourself, your loved ones, and your life every single day? What if you could see the world differently, much like you did with your hand?
Are you willing to apply this new way of looking at things to your internal and external experiences? What might you discover? If you’re ready for this new journey of discovery toward building a life of meaning, purpose and fulfillment, join me at ACTintheMoment.com