Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek
Whether it’s our finances, health and fitness or personal relationships, we all want to change something in our lives for the better. Most of us even know exactly what it is that we want and how we can achieve it. Yet, with all the information at our fingertips and opportunities available to those who seek them and put the work in, nothing seems to happen for an alarmingly high percentage of people.
The will is there. They know what they want and how to get it. They have the knowledge, skills and contacts to at least get started on their journey towards change for the better. So, why do they seem to be standing still instead of moving forward?!
Simple answer? A lack of self-belief. Too many people don’t have the confidence they need to take action towards their goals. So, they wait for the right circumstances. They wait for the right time, to lose a certain amount of weight, to save a certain amount of money…the list goes on, but it all boils down to one simple fact. With a lack of self-belief, people wait for conditions to be met before they take action to bring about change in their lives. This waiting does more harm than good, though, because it just wastes precious time.
The truth is that you don’t need to waste time and energy waiting around for the planets to align or anything else to happen. Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, who you are and what you want from life. Decide what you want to change in your life, and turn this into a series of goals and a plan of how to achieve them. Then, get started. You have enough within you already to get started on your journey.
Once you do take those first steps, set yourself some regular check-in points at which you can reflect back on your progress so far. It could be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Whatever works for you. Personally, I do my reflection on a Sunday and log it in my journal. This sets me up nicely for the week ahead. It gives me a clear idea of what has worked and what needs to be adjusted, and also gives me an opportunity to update my goals if I am close to achieving any of them.
As with opportunities and luck, change only presents itself after you decide what you truly want and take action. Put the work in, reflect on your progress and make adjustments as and when you feel necessary. This is the key to change. You don’t need to actually wait for anyone or anything. Once you know what you want to change, take action. That action might simply involve seeking advice, but you need to start somewhere. Just do something every day, no matter how small, and in time you will experience the change which you desire.
Stop waiting, and start creating the change in life which you so badly want. The power is in your hands, use it wisely.