We have heard this saying before, “You can’t change anyone; they have to want the change, and to change on their own.” I don’t know, maybe it’s just me; I have found out sometimes you need to go through a long process to adjust to the change you need to make. Many changes in my life I have made so far concerning improving some aspects of my life, I had to go through the process for me to be able to grow the muscle to make a completely shift to change. And I have to say, it wasn’t and still isn’t easy.
Even though sometimes change is inevitable, but it is still something that needs to be initiated because not everybody welcomes change very easily, especially if it requires permanent change, the change that you don’t want to go back to the way things used to be in your life. So you have to buckle up, because making permanent change for you to become and remain the change you want to see in your life is not an easy journey.
Lately I have been working on pushing myself so that I could see some good progress and results of the changes I want to see in my life. I told myself I need to continue to pushing things through and be more proactive, and I don’t have to wait until an agent of change such as depression or a feeling of shame for instance to show up in my life for me to make a decision to want to change. I really don’t have to wait until it’s too late to make the change I need in certain areas of my life.
But I have to say so far I have been making progress in developing a few of new good habits and getting rid of the old ones. For example; there were times in my life I was addicted to soda; I just couldn’t stop drinking soda every day. But today, I don’t even remember when the last time I drank soda was. It must have been a while ago. In fact right now I am onto another thing, I am working on reducing the amount of cups of tea that I drink every day, and replace it with water. I want to drink more water than I drink the tea on regularly basis. I even have this app on my phone that reminds to drink water…hahaha. I keep telling myself if it worked for soda, it will work for tea.
You see, I get more active and productive later on in the day. That’s when my brain gets creative, innovative, and into action. Therefore, by the time I go to sleep, it would be really late in the night, which means if I have to wake up very early in the morning, then it will be less sleeping than normal hours for me. So for a while waking up very early in the morning has been an issue for me. But today I’m much better in waking up early, I’m not there yet to conclude it has become permanent change for me because in random days I will go to my old habit again, but I have improved in overall process.
There are things I have been doing to initiate the change that I have been working on so that I could improve my life, and they are not very frighten things to do, all you need is to decide that no matter how hard the process is going to be, you are not going to quit until you become the change you want to see in your life. The good thing is that self-discipline is not easy but it’s doable. You just have to find out what works well for you.
Here’s what I have discover; we really can put ourselves to be in a position to become proactive instead of reactive to life controllable circumstances. If we see something that we don’t like concerning our lives, and we know we can start doing something about them today before it’s too late, then the following tips can help us. It’s what I have been following and doing so far to help and support me to initiate the change that I want to see me become.
You would think the alarm clock would have helped me wake up every early in the morning, nope…! It wasn’t the alarm clock that helped me woke up; it was The Holy Spirit of God that woke me up and helped me get rid of that sleepy zone. In fact in some days when the alarm rang or beeped, I would either push the snooze button or unset it so that I could go back to sleep…hahaha.
God can empower us to change. Many times I prayed for the Holy Spirit of God to help me not just to wake up early in the morning, but to go to bed early as well. I prayed for Him to intervene in my daily plans for me so that I could be more productive in the morning instead, this way I can go to sleep early in the night. When I prayed to Him to wake me up in the morning very early, He would do it. Even if in some days I wouldn’t want to get out of bed, somehow I will manage to get out of the bed. I can’t explain it exactly, but He would take the desire from me to go back to sleep again. I would wake up on time, the exactly time that I asked Him to wake me up.
So pray and commit your days, plans, weaknesses and shortcomings to The Holy Spirit of God. Ask God in prayer to help you to make the change you want and desire to make. Ask God to establish your plans. The Bible says when and where we are weak, God is strong. He is the best accountability partner you can ever find.
- Create a better daily routine
Ask yourself every day; is what you are doing or not doing today helping you get where you want to be? This can help you analyze your life and identify what you need to start letting go and what you need to start doing. If your current daily routine seems less effective, then make some changes to help you with the overall changes. Even the smallest changes to your daily routine can help you know. Things like what time you should wake up, what you should do next after that, these may seem insignificant, but they are part of your life and they can make a difference in your day and in the long run. This applies to what you eat or drink, whether or not to make your bed every day, whether or not you choose to exercise, and what you spend your day doing.
Remember that the major part of your reality is a result of the things you do on a daily basis, from what you eat for breakfast to what you do before and after you go to work or school. If you’re going to change your life’s circumstances, you will have to change the things you do every single day. So create a better daily routine for yourself.
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- Define your lifestyle
Your core values are really important to you because once you know your core values are, then you know what you are working towards. Your core values would be like your guidelines to follow of what you want your life to be like. Your core values are what will help you determine your lifestyle is going to be like. Determine whether or not your lifestyle is aligned with your values. And if not, chances are, to some extent, your life and your values have a conflict, there are things need to be changed.
Ask yourself how would you like to be described and remembered by other people? What legacy would you be interested to leave behind after you are long gone to be with The Lord? What dreams and goals would you like to accomplish in your life? What are you passionate about? What about your interests and hobbies? While these questions may take years to answer, but you can start slowly and use the information you have discovered so far about yourself and start initiating the change.
Maybe you have discovered that you want to change your career path, or change where you live, or change how you manage your money, or how you have been eating, and so forth. Ask yourself what could you be doing differently to help you initiate those changes? So take a look at your life and decide if it aligns with your values.
- Change your attitude
Your attitude is your altitude. It takes a positive attitude to achieve positive results. You need to learn to stay positive in challenging times because things will not get better overnight. But if you radiate positivity, you will attract positive outcomes. So be positive because your perception of your circumstances is more important than the circumstances themselves. Be positive on your progress. Don’t beat yourself down every time you keep finding yourself inconsistent in taking actions.
I mean, every day when I write my gratitude notes on my journal, I’m being reminded on the importance of staying focused on positivity. Doing that helps me to develop into a daily habit of noticing the many positive aspects in my life, or in whatever situation I maybe finding myself to be in. It helps me also to rebound quickly and start doing again all the things that I have been compromising to do.
- Take action
You can plan and schedule, you can feel positive whatever you want, you can confirm whether it is aligning with your core value, you can pray, but if you don’t decide to move and get into action, then you are only halfway through or done. It’s not enough to prepare or have all the ingredients; you have got to cook the food…hahaha. You can plan to exercise regularly but until you start exercising, it will only remain a plan. So in order to initiate change, you need to keep in mind that action is king, or queen. In reality, you can’t wear the crown without taking action in your daily agendas. This is the hardest part, but it is the most rewarding one too. So take action.
- Use visual reminders
Put visual reminders all around you if you know doing so is going to help you. You can frame them and hang them on your wall. You can put them on your door. You can put them as wallpapers on your phone or desktop. Maybe you are working on increasing your water intake, then creating a visual reminder that says ‘it’s time to drink water’ and display it in a place where you can see it on regular basis. If you struggle with procrastination, put a visual reminder that says ‘get things done.’ That’s what I used to do; I put a sticky note on my laptop saying ‘get things done…hahaha.’ If it is in a form of a vision board, put it where you can see it. So find creative ways to motivate you to take action.
And that’s it friends, four tips I have been following and doing so far to help and support me to initiate the change that I want to see me become.
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