I recently read a quote that truly inspired me, and I feel as though it should be a mantra for all of us going forward. The quote, while simple, provides great insight into the power that is the agent of change. Here’s the quote…
Be an architect of change. Change is scary and not always easy, but once you commit to making it happen – whatever it is – the satisfaction will be worth it.
Once we make the decision to change something in our lives, we are essentially putting a stake in the ground and saying that the status quo is simply not acceptable and it’s time to start a new chapter. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the change will happen right then or even overnight. In fact, most meaningful change takes a lifetime to come to fruition. However, the simple act of declaring our desire to change something in our lives can lift some very serious weight off of our shoulders and allow us the freedom to move about in pursuit of whatever that goal happens to be.
Whether you aren’t happy with your weight, your career, or even your relationship(s), you’re undoubtedly aware of the area of your life in wich change is needed. The hard part, is saying it out loud and making a serious commitment to addressing it. Take me for example. I was overweight most of my life and really never thought much of it. That was until I was confronted with serious life-threatening illnesses at the age of 27 that were a direct result of my increasing weight gain. It was at that moment that I realized that I wasn’t bulletproof and that something had to be done. I had to take a long hard look in the mirror and admit that I had done this to myself and that it was up to me to get myself out of it.
I knew that change wouldn’t happen overnight. After all, it did take 27 years for me to put all that weight one, so it damn sure wasn’t coming off after just one workout. I made a decision that day to alter the course of my life, forever, and I’ve never looked back. I’m still struggling with the challenges that are associated with weight loss and I’ll fight those demons for the rest of my life, but I’ve also lost over 250lbs and regained control of my life and career in the process. I’d say that’s a win.
True, it only took a little over a year for me to rise up out of the fire and get to a place where, seemingly, everything is ok. Just know that looks can be deceiving. Yes, I’m healthy and yes, I’m happy, but this journey is far from over and my lifestyle change (in my opinion) will never truly be complete. What matters is that I put that stake in the ground and I’m continuing to move forward.
In the end, what you’re changing is irrelevant. What you need to focus on is putting your foot down, stating the problem, and then making a conscious effort to solve it going forward. Don’t be afraid of change. If we give in to what we’re afraid of, we can never truly grow as a person. Overcoming your fears will do wonders for your self esteem and put you on a path for success. Remember, nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself!