Change only occurs when the pain of changing is less than the pain of staying the same.
There have been many times in my life that I have been tempted to completely throw in the towel. To stop trying to make positive changes and accept a life of being mediocre….never achieving any of my goals and never changing my life for the better. I regularly let my fear of change, my fear of the unknown and yes, even my fear of success hold me back from living the life I always wanted to live.
But there is always that something. Something inside of me that tells me to try just one more time. Maybe it’s that I feel that there is so much that I want to share with the world, so much that I want to be and accomplish. I sometimes feel that if I were to quit for good that I would not only be letting myself down, but anyone that was motivated by my journey down too.
I think that wanting to give up is a normal part of the growth process, especially when you are not hitting your goals as quickly as you would like to. It is much easier to decide to stay the way you are and, let’s face it, less scary too. The life that you live before you implement a major change may not be where you want to be, but at least it’s familiar! At least you know that to expect!
Except you’re never quite satisfied and you always find yourself back at it, trying again and wondering why you wasted so much time unhappy. The reason you keep coming back is because you were not created to be mediocre. You were not created to just exist. You were created to do and be something spectacular. You were created to live an amazing life, full of health, happiness and love.
But changing your life takes guts. Changing your life takes courage. And when you put it out there that you desire to be better than you are today, then you can sure as hell expect some obstacles that are going to taunt you to “prove it.” These obstacles…these tests…are solely there for you to prove how bad you want it. And if you don’t want it bad enough, you will find some excuse to throw in the towel.
But what is going to be that thing that makes you decide to stick with it? I hate to say it, but it has to come from within. You cannot begin any type of lifestyle change for other people because it won’t last. It has to be that you understand how this change will help you get to where YOU need to be. It may take hours of journaling, prayer, screaming, self-talk and crying to finally discover that you are worth it. It may even take therapy. But you’ll get there one day. And the best way to get there is to make a decision that for the next second, the next minute, the next hour, the next day YOU WILL NOT GIVE UP. You will not surrender. You will move forward and face your fears. An amazing life awaits you.