Why Do We Do What We Do?

“All Human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, desire.” ~Aristotle

“Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.” ~Arthur Koestler

“Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.” ~Donald Trump

“The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors.” ~Tony Robbins

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~Albert Einstein

Why do we do what we do

Have you ever really stopped to wonder why you do the things you do?

Let’s look at some of the things people do that I am sure you can relate to in some way–things you may have even questioned or judged in others or yourself.

Why do we:

  • stay in bad or abusive relationships?
  • sabotage our weight loss goals?
  • keep eating even though we are full?
  • yell at our children?
  • hold onto resentments?
  • drink too much?
  • stay in a job we clearly hate?
  • waste hours upon hours of time on social media?
  • have affairs?
  • lie to protect ourselves?
  • watch TV instead of exercising?
  • spend money we don’t have?
  • fall in love with the wrong people?
  • hold onto addictions even though we know they are hurting us and/or our families?

The answer to these and many more questions lie deep beneath the surface and can be linked to our past baggage. We all have a past that has saddled us with limiting beliefs about ourselves, poor self-esteem, and a less-than-positive outlook on what is possible for our lives.

Until we start to question ourselves and begin to look inside our ‘bag’ our past programming will keep on creating the same actions and results for our lives. Self-examination begins the process of self-discovery and personal growth.

So where do you start? First, you need to look at the results you are getting in your life and if they are not what you want, then ask yourself what actions are creating these results. Then take full responsibility for your actions. Finding the underlying cause and finding an effective way to make new choices will lead to more positive actions and results.

This process can be very daunting and usually requires support. We are not meant to travel this world alone and the journey to self-discovery is no different. So if you are not creating the results for your life that you want because of the things you do, it is time to start asking yourself why you do them.

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