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Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself


Have you ever wondered why change feels so hard? Yet, change is the only constant in life, but it can feel incredibly difficult to make positive changes. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, Dr. Joe Dispenza provides a powerful roadmap for transforming your life and breaking free from the patterns that hold you back.

The book is based around creating change using the tool of meditation.

Today, I'm going to cover the main phases so that you can begin to implement change in your life.

Step 1: The Induction Phase: Getting Started with Meditation

In the first week of this transformative journey, Dr. Joe Dispenza introduces the concept of meditation. In our busy lives, we often operate on autopilot, reacting to our surroundings without conscious thought. The induction phase is designed to help us disconnect from our daily thoughts and habits and become familiar with the practice of meditation.

There isn't much more to the first part than to simply practice and observe the experience as is.

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Step 2: Recognizing: Taking an Honest Look at Where You Are

In week two, we delve deeper into the process of change. Step two is about recognizing where you currently are in life. This involves taking an honest look at yourself and asking important questions such as, "How do others perceive me?" and "What type of person have I been?" By gaining clarity on your current state, you can identify the specific areas of your life that you want to change.

If you want some further clarity on yourself, you can grab my free core values worksheet.

Step 3: Admitting and Declaring: Embracing Honesty and Acceptance

Step three is all about admitting and declaring the truth. Once you have recognized where you are, it's important to be honest with yourself about your current situation.

Reflect on your life and acknowledge the areas where you have been struggling or showing up in a way that isn't aligned with your true self. This can be a challenging step, but it sets the foundation for meaningful change.

You may want to consider exploring the different areas of your life and begin to recognize where you most want to change. Perhaps you have some limiting beliefs that are holding you back from becoming the person you want.

Step 4: Surrendering: Trusting in the Process

After admitting the truth, it's time to surrender and let go. Trust in the process of change and release your fears and insecurities to the universe or a higher power. By surrendering, you free up energy and create space for new possibilities to enter your life.

Step 5: Observing and Reminding: Bringing Awareness to Your Thoughts and Habits

In week three, we shift our focus to observing and reminding ourselves of the changes we want to make. As you go about your daily life, pay attention to your thoughts, tendencies, and habits. Notice when you encounter limiting beliefs or negative self-talk. By bringing awareness to these patterns, you can begin to make conscious choices and change your behavior in the moment.

Step 6: Redirecting: Using Visualization to Create New Patterns

Step six involves redirecting your thoughts and actions through visualization. Visualize yourself in specific situations where you tend to engage in old habits or behaviors. In that moment, consciously choose to change your response and take a different path. This may be challenging at first, but with practice and consistency, you can retrain your mind and create new patterns of behavior.

You can check out my short visualization video to help you get started with this.

Step 7: Creating and Rehearsing: Becoming the New Version of Yourself

In the final week of this transformative journey, the focus is on creating and rehearsing the new version of yourself. Identify the personality traits and behaviors of people you admire and aspire to be like. Rehearse and practice embodying these traits until they become a natural part of who you are. Over time, this practice will shift your identity and help you become the person you want to be.

Another great way to shift your identity is to create your own affirmations. I often talk about how this is sort of like using a cheat code. Not forcing yourself to do things, but rather, positively influencing the subconscious to want to do them. 


Dr. Joe Dispenza's book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, offers a powerful approach to personal transformation. By following these seven key steps over four weeks, you can break free from old patterns and create a new, authentic life. If you're ready to embark on a journey of change, I highly recommend reading this book and exploring the power of meditation and self-reflection. Remember, change is possible, and you have the power to create the life you desire.

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About the author

Paul Wadsworth

Paul Wadsworth is a transformational mind, body, and lifestyle coach in Vancouver BC. He helps people worldwide to reinvent themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally, so they can live with more energy, confidence, and clarity.

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