Many people want to better themselves but find making changes difficult. There are all kinds of obstacles and excuses for not making the changes we know we need to make, but there are practical steps we can take to allow ourselves room to grow.
1. Thoughts Are Not Things.
Recognize that sometimes, your thoughts are just your thoughts. Just because you have a thought or a feeling, it does not mean it is right. It is important to honor our thoughts and feelings, but they should not run our lives.
2. Like Yourself.
Take steps to learn to like yourself and see yourself as someone worthy of care. Once you see yourself as worthy of care, you will begin to take care of yourself.
3. Value Your Time.
Imagine you are paying yourself for your time. What is your time worth? If you determine that your time is valuable, you will begin to use it wisely.
4. Set Goals.
This can be a list of daily goals, or a grand vision for your life. If you can envision the kind of life you would like to have and establish goals that will build up to that vision, you will find you are in controlling life, rather than life controlling you.
5. Don’t Take It For Granted.
It is generally accepted that nothing in life is guaranteed, yet no one ever expects bad things to happen to them. The reality is, life is hard. Recognize that life is hard and make preparations to shoulder some heavy burdens.
If you want to see changes in your life, you need to make changes in your life. You cannot go to the gym, simply stare at the weights, and expect to build muscle. You have to pick them up and do the work.
And don’t wander aimlessly through life. Be intentional about the changes you are making and stick to a plan – but be flexible.
Inevitably, life will throw you curve balls. If you do not make changes to the input you will not see a change to the output. Remember: If nothing changes, nothing changes.