Do you make New Year’s resolutions every year? How’s that working out for you?
If you’re serious about giving up what’s holding you back in your life, don’t bother making those resolutions, because every time you slip back into your old ways you break a promise to yourself. And that’s not a good feeling, is it? It’s just another thing you’d like to change, and you start thinking It’s better not to make those promises at all and just continue with your old ways. Sometimes you just want to give up.
I’ve been there, and I understand.
Giving Up Is the Way to Get What you want, Trust me!
Think about it: If you have a bad habit that’s holding you back, give it up and get moving in a different direction.
If you’re in a personal relationship that’s not the best, give it up and get out to meet someone new.
If you’re unhappy in your job, give it up. Go get a new one.
You must make changes in order to be ready for change.
GIVE UP what’s hurting you or holding you back. It may be hard, but you’ll gain the freedom to take a different path, to make better choices and to GET what you want and need.
Resolutions do not work. Action does! So give up talking about what you want to change, and get moving towards exactly what you want — what you want to do with your life, what you want to be in life, and where you want to go for the rest of your life.
Change is Life Threatening
That’s meant to encourage you rather than to scare you. Change is disruptive. It will disrupt the “sheep mentality” that you may have fallen into unconsciously.
When you make a New Year’s resolution to lose 20 pounds, or go to the gym twice a week, or save an extra $50 a month, or be nicer to your best friend or to work harder to get that promotion — whatever your resolution might be — you unconsciously limit your possibilities.
What if, this year, you forget about those resolutions and simply wake up on January 1 open to new possibilities?
Free your self by threatening the lifestyle that’s holding you back. Opens up possibilities by making a change.
Forget about making promises to yourself that are self-limiting in any way! Rather than making resolutions you might not keep, wake up new attitudes that allow you to discover new directions, to experiment with new ideas, and to become a new you.
It may not be comfortable, but remember that what’s comfortable is not necessarily what’s good for you. Especially if that comfortable life is what’s making you miserable.
The truth is that good things don’t just happen: every man, woman and child on the planet has to create the good in their own lives. And it all starts with getting rid of what’s comfortable.
The Best Time is Now
Any time is a good time to make changes. But the beginning of a new year marks a sort of turning point, doesn’t it? So it is a great time to take a good long look at yourself — at your SELF and your spirit and your heart — and at your life in general. It’s the right time to start becoming the new you.
You CAN do it!
Begin with this challenge: Examine your assumptions. Do you believe that you can achieve success? If not, why not? Think about how you came to accept limitations in your life, and why? Who suggested that you live that way or believe that way? And why did you accept it?
Every day is a new day, and you have the potential to become a new person, experience new delights and achieve new success every single day.
It all starts with a change of attitude.
Become the Change
I don’t want to leave you with the impression that change is easy. It’s not. Career success, fulfilling personal relationships and financial security will not be yours simply because you believe they’re possible. They all require work and commitment.
I can tell you from experience that you will never be satisfied with your life if you continually say “I can’t” or ask “What’s the point?”
Every time you get discouraged and come close to giving up, remember what you gave up to get where you are.
Life is like that. It continually teaches us lessons and opens our hearts and our minds to new potential. Only by being open to change, by embracing new opportunities, can we truly become the “persons” we are meant to be.
This year, as the date on the calendar changes, celebrate new beginnings in a new way: Explore the promise that the future holds. Let your spirit soar to new heights, be open to new ideas, meet different people, explore new paths and welcome new challenges. Change those attitudes that have been holding you back.
Forget those New Year’s resolutions; Embrace change!