Change can be difficult, but it is necessary to get us where we want to be in our lives. I certainly am not the “perfect” version of myself, and I constantly strive to learn and explore new thoughts, concepts, and life practices. Challenge, while it can be stressful as we face it, is ultimately healthy for us.
The key to me for successful change is to keep it in perspective – do not try to take on too much at once, build habits thoughtfully and purposely, and embrace the change you are preparing for mentally prior to beginning it.
In March of 2009 I quit smoking at the age of 54 after 41 years. Talk about change! There had been half-hearted unsuccessful attempts prior to this, but frankly those were not serious – a test if you will. When I quit, I prepared mentally for it for several months and I had an approximate time frame of “when I return from vacation’. The day I quit I had not planned to do so. Late in the day I decided it was time, put out a half smoked cigarette, placed my half full pack on top of the refrigerator and walked away cold turkey – that pack sat untouched for over a year until I threw it away.
The point of the above story is to illustrate how easy change can be if you are mentally prepared and accepting of it. If it is incremental it can be even easier. Losing weight is a great example of incremental change being the way to go – change your diet, exercise and lifestyle just enough to lose one half pound per week and you will be 26 pounds lighter next year at this time. Make new small changes every 30 days or so and your results will likely reflect it!
When it is time for you to change, my hope is that this website and the information on it can play a role. My purpose here is to create positive change in people’s lives, and I encourage you to try it – one small step at a time! If you need assistance, I would be honored to help as your coach.