Human beings are not meant to be static beings. The human body is dynamic. It does an incredible job at adapting, cleansing, healing, and building to treat and prevent injury. It does all of this instantly. The human body recognizes challenges, adjusts its processes and mechanisms to address and resolve those challenges. It is absolutely incredible!
Therefore, change is a natural phenomenon for all of us. So why is it so hard for us to make changes? Why do we fall short of our goals? Why do we say things like "I wish I could..." or "If only this didn't happen, then I would have done..."
Each one of us can achieve great things. Whatever dreams we have, we can achieve. The solution is our mindset, our life philosophy. Here are 3 key elements to making dramatic life changes.
1. Understand that we ALL have similar experiences, but the difference is how we respond to it.
"The same wind blows on us all; the wind of disaster, opportunity, and change. Therefore, it is not the blowing of the wind, but the setting of the sails that determine our direction in life." - Jim Rohn
We must learn from the experiences that happen to us. Those who have faith may recall ancient stories where God says He puts us through experiences to teach us, to prepare us, so that we are ready to achieve our dreams. We may think we are ready, but we're not. Experiences may happen to us so that we learn certain lessons like what can go wrong, what elements or structure needs to be in place, and what kind of people we may need to surround ourselves with in order to achieve our goal. There is always a Master Plan and our job is to navigate, learn, adapt, and keep moving forward with gratitude. Knowledge and experience make us stronger, informed, and more prepared. I am telling you, majority of the time when we embrace this mindset, our success will be far greater than the goal we had originally set for ourselves.
2. There are certain things that will not change.
Seasons and time won't change. Similarly, bear markets and bull markets will come and go. Interest rates will fluctuate. Taxes will exist. All these things will not change. Once you understand this, your mindset completely changes. In the economic summer, you will prepare for winter. In a bull market, you will prepare for a bear market. When interest rates are low, you prepare for rates to rise. Once you achieve this mindset, you perceive challenges with ease. No challenge is ever too great to conquer. You embrace and appreciate each moment as every experience in life has a purpose and value.
3. You must be willing to change
"Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don't wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom." -Jim Rohn
What drives you? What do you enjoy? Figure out what gets you excited about life. Once you figure out what gets you going and what hinders your progress, then your mind and body will be fueled with energy. Maybe you need to get away from negativity, stop watching the news, mute certain text messages, leave certain social media platforms to allow yourself to immerse into what you enjoy.
Get moving physically and emotionally. Learn how to make yourself better, how to apply what you learned to your daily routine. Stop being a drifter in life and take an active role. Look forward to each week, each day, each hour with certain goals. Imagine what you can accomplish in a month, a year, a lifetime with this discipline!
Finally, write things down. Hold yourself accountable. If you are trying to lose weight, then the formula is burn more energy than you consume. Use MyFitnessPal and other apps to document your meals, create a excel spreadsheet to document your workouts, have a plan. Each day, reflect on your progress and make short term goals that work towards your ultimate goal.
These 3 principles will bring dramatic change into your life. Focus on implementing them today so that change will come as soon as tomorrow.
To a life filled with gratitude,
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