How to Make Lasting Change in Your Life: Paradigms and Self-Image

September is Self-Improvement Month, and I want to use this space to talk about how to make lasting changes in your life via the lens of paradigms, how they affect your self-image, and how you can make them work for you.

Perhaps you commit to waking up early and going for a run before work. For the first few days or weeks, you own it. You lay out your clothes the night before, you only hit snooze once, and you’re out the door in the brisk morning air.

But then, perhaps, something happens. You stay up too late watching your favorite show and don’t have the energy to run. You have a stressful day at work and indulge in one too many glasses of wine with dinner the night before. Your kids bounce into your bedroom demanding pancakes instead of the usual quick bowl of cereal.