Most of you know why you do the things you want to do: it’s fun, it’s profitable, it’s good for you, it’s enjoyable, it makes you laugh, dance, sing, you name it. Could you answer as quickly though, if I asked “why don’t you do the things you need to do?” Everyone’s needs list is different, but the commonalities lie in the general sense of the word “need”. We all NEED to maintain good health in order to thrive. We NEED to be financially sound and self-sufficient. We NEED to feel useful and connected. There are many more personal needs or “need-to-dos” you could add to the list. But here’s the million dollar question; how are you motivated or inspired to do those things, and more importantly, how do you stay motivated?
A pleasing life experience requires inspired action; action such as moving towards the things that are good, and away from the things that are bad. Action such as training yourself to be disciplined; maturing to a place where you own the choices you make, right or wrong. If you’ve started this new year determined to make a change in your life, and determined to get new results, then you’re ready to implement new action, right? The old choices won’t get you new results. If anything is to change, something must change.
I saw this info-graphic on Pinterest this morning, and it stopped me in my tracks. It’s a tough read. It’ll hit you where you are, if where you are is stagnation. It’s the tough love you just might need to push you from where you are, to getting on the path to where you want to be. If you’re ready to give more than lip service to the challenges in your life that are keeping you stuck, read this list. Be honest with yourself about how many of these reasons you can identify with. Two, three, twelve?? Well here’s some good news and some bad news: YOU are the only one who can change the trajectory of your life. Will you be honest with yourself, and make a decision today about which way you want to go?
“Nothing worth having comes easy.” I know you’ve heard that one, but it rings true. Making a change, breaking a bad habit, implementing new, positive behaviors is hard; hard like “uncomfortable”, hard like “inconvenient”, and hard like “frustrating”. But if you have the drive to name, claim, and dream of reaching a goal, then I assure you, you have the wherewithal to achieve it. You’ve just got to push past all the reasons you’ve internalized as to why you can’t.
Food for thought on a Sunday morning…take some time to be brutally honest with yourself about who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow.
What are you waiting for, to begin making that change?
What ONE thing could you start or stop doing that would give you an immediate result?
What would happen if you did that, right now?
I challenge you to be brave enough to find out.