If success has eluded us, when we know we could be doing so much more, the time to reevaluate life is here. We must be honest with ourselves, the hard choices made, a plan with defined goals, yet with the flexibility needed in the real world should be thought out. Change begins when we recognize that must master ourselves, holding in check our desires, passion, and excesses.
We close out another year and usher in a new decade. All of us tend to make resolutions on New Year’s day and yet how many of us follow through? We often give up within a month, why? Change is hard, leaving our comfort zone is not easy, does it mean we do not want to improve our lives? We all have dreams and aspirations, but are we willing to put in the work that it will take to reach them? If we want something bad enough, we will make the time, find the funds, be consistent and throw away the excuses.
We are all given gifts, they differ from person to person, it is what we do with them that counts. If we waste them or don’t use them for a good purpose, things never seem to fall into place. We all know what is good for us, we don’t need someone to take charge, nobody can do it better than we can for ourselves. Step up and take responsibility for our own lives.
When we choose to take a stand, not yield to pressure, we learn that we can triumph over darkness. Facing the truth, we take the actions necessary to accomplish our goals, despite our fear of failure. The difficulties we will face in life are great, when we choose the right path, it may take us into unknown territory, yet if we stay the course we find what we need most.
When change comes into our lives it is rarely welcomed. It can turn our lives upside down and take us outside of our comfort zone. It is usually only looked at favorably in hindsight.
So when is the best time to make changes to our lives? Most of us only change when we are forced into it by a circumstance of life. There are seldom times when we decide that the way things are now is no longer acceptable so we truly commit to change. I’m not talking about a three day cleanse or a week without sugar, I’m talking about a permanent lifestyle change.
I’m here to encourage you to stop waiting until you have hit rock bottom or you have a crisis to change.
There will never be a perfect time in our lives for voluntary change, so right now is as good a time as any. The world around us is changing every day and there is nothing we can do to slow it down or stop it.
Even if life is going along perfectly and we are content, there is always room for self-improvement. There is nothing wrong with wanting something better in life. Goals are a great part of living. We should never stop learning or moving forward.
Changing because of what others think is not the answer. Forget about other people’s opinions. You are given one chance at your life, and you should stop letting others dictate your life, just like you should stop blaming others for the things in your life that have gone wrong.
Take responsibility, step up and make positive changes. If you take ownership of your life and take steps toward your goals, you will arrive where you set out.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.