The best way to give yourself an easy out when it comes to change is to try.
It starts out innocently enough with a sentence like,
“I’m going to give it a try” or
“I’ll try and see how it goes.”
That usually turns into,
“I tried it and…” or
“I tried but…”
This mini-mission requires commitment. It requires a plan and it requires doing instead of trying.
When I read a blog post and find myself nodding my head, or screaming, “YES!” I know I’ve discovered something powerful.
While reading Create Time to Change Your Life. I was nodding the whole time and screamed, “YES” for each of the following statements.
- You must make a commitment.
- Think of change not as “improving your life” but saving it.
- Find the things that eat up your time that are less important than the changes you want to make. (and cut back on them where you can.)
When I was diagnosed with MS, the changes I made were to save my life, or my lifestyle. I didn’t want to stop walking or thinking or seeing, so I made the choice to change. You do not need to be diagnosed with a terminal or progressively debilitating disease to want to save your life. In fact, change now and you can avoid that dreaded diagnosis all together.
Areas that may require change to save your life (or lifestyle)
There are endless ways to change, but those are five areas that are pivotal in your health and well being. If you are struggling in any of the things I listed above, you are likely experiencing physical or emotional stress that is wreaking havoc on your body.
When you Commit to Change
- do it in writing
- make it measurable
- enlist help but assume responsibility
- celebrate your success
You may stumble and fall, but if you are committed, you will get back up and start where you left off. Don’t attempt to change everything at once. One at a time is always best. For today’s mini-mission, commit to change, and just start. Put more emphasis on the start than the finish as big change will take time. Be patient.
What do you want or need to change to ensure a healthy life? What do think is the most difficult thing about making a change?
For more experiments to simplify your life, read Mini-missions for Simplicity. It’s available on the Amazon Kindle store, but you don’t need a Kindle to read it. Kindle books can also be read using the Free Kindle Reader App for your Web Browser, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android.