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Jan 20 2012

Change IS Possible!

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
~Mary Engelbreit 

change directionAre you ready to make a change? Do you believe that CHANGE IS POSSIBLE?

Are you tired of some of the circumstances in your life that never seem to get better? …your job? …your family situation? …your relationship? …your attitude? …your weight? …your _____________(fill in the blank)

Some things never seem to change; every year you hope they’ll get better, but at the end of the year, you look back and realize that nothing’s changed. At the end of five years, ten years – or a lifetime – you ask yourself why nothing ever got better! You worked in that job for 25 years and no one appreciated you. You actually hated going to work every day, but felt like you didn’t have a choice – you needed a pay cheque – you needed to provide for your family. But there was no joy in it. You just existed and waited for 5 o’clock so you could go home. You didn’t think that change was possible. You stuck it out.

Maybe you’re in a relationship, or there’s someone in your family you don’t get along with, but you can’t just cut them out of your life. Year after year, it’s the same old thing. Do you believe that change is possible?

I could go on and on, but you get the picture. I lived for years trying to change myself. I was unhappy in my situation and felt like I was stuck. So I thought if I could just change my attitude and lower my expectations, things would improve. Guess what – I was wrong! It was impossible for me to change my attitude – I didn’t know how to do that. Lower my expectations? That seemed impossible too. I really didn’t understand myself enough to know how to do either. I didn’t believe that change was possible for me. Looking back, a change of attitude or expectations would not have been the solution. Getting help would have been the solution. Believing that change is possible would have helped me.

So here we are. It’s a new year and you’re hoping a not so pleasant situation or relationship will improve this year. Every year you think, “This will be the year”. You see article titles promoting Your Best Year Ever and you hope it’s your turn.

I can tell you that 2012 can be a better year than last year. But it won’t happen just because you hope it will be. It won’t happen on its own. It will only improve if you believe that change is possible – for you – in your circumstance – in your life! It will only happen if you decide to do something about it. Some recently told me she would like to improve a relationship in her life, but “it’s too hard”. My response was, “Yes, it is hard work, but it’s worth it”. Change is possible, so don’t give up.

Think of what you want to change – is it worth the hard work and effort you’ll have to put into it? If so, then this is your year. Decide that you are going to do something to make it happen. You want to make a change! Change is possible!

Now that you’ve made that decision, it’s time for action. I’m going to leave you with two Action Steps:

  1. Identify a circumstance, relationship or thought you want to change.
  2. Think of some ways that you can begin to make the change you want to see.

Watch for my post next week – I’ll share with you how I made a huge change in my life.

Start telling yourself that CHANGE IS POSSIBLE! 

Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be unlocked from the inside.
~
Marilyn Ferguson

 

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