Many people think of January as a good time to change those bad behaviors, or start some new thing. Quit smoking, diet, exercise, flossing every day, getting into better relationships, getting away from friends that drag us down, learning a new skill set, further developing a talent we have, etc. But why doesn’t it usually work? We know real change can happen any time of the year. But what really causes change? Why do we often feel like we have no control over this? I could find more unanswered questions about this than real answers.
The one thing I do know for sure is that change WILL happen when you make up your mind that the change will happen. Making up our mind is a powerful thing. The only thing that can stop it is our old habits. Conquering our old habits to push through with the new change is difficult. But with persistence, a clear mind, and razor-like focus, this can be done. But then this begs the question: “How do we do this?” How do we “make up our mind”. How do we overcome old habits? How do we keep a clear mind and stay focused?
The answers to these questions are easy to write, and very difficult to pull off! A big factor here is resolve. How bad do you want it? What are you willing to do to make this change a reality? What are you willing to give up to make it stick? What is your mental state of mind? Are you constantly thinking about the old way, or do you focus with all of your energy on what will become after the change has come to fulfillment? Who in your sphere of influence have you recruited to be on your side? Have you asked God to help you? Are you working towards the goal, or are you second guessing what really could become? Is your HEART in it?
Change is possible. You CAN do it! It can happen in January, or it could happen in July. The important thing is that it does happen. Decide what you need to change in your life. Then resolve that you will do what it takes to make this happen. Change is hard. Resolve harder. Focus on the little steps in the right direction. Get help when you need it. Celebrate the victories. Start living the change you want in your life.
. . . just another in a series of “All Things Good” by James Thomas