Daily Blog #267
Change can come in many different shapes, forms, and sizes. While we may have the ability to control quite a few of these changes, there are also many changes that we don’t always have the ability to control. I guess that’s what you would call life.
But it isn’t necessarily the changes themselves that impact our lives. Rather, it’s how we perceive these changes. It’s how we allow these changes to influence us that ultimately impact our life moving forward.
I will be the first to admit it, change has always been a difficult concept for me to grasp. I often find myself getting stuck in the same daily routine with the same daily habits. While I try to break free, normally I find myself getting stuck into the crippling web of comfort. Waking up at the same time, eating the same foods, talking to the same people, driving the same way to work. These are just a few of the things that I find myself doing over and over again. There is just something about having a routine that is comforting.
Well let me tell you a little something about comfort. That word right there, the one that starts with a “c,” that word is what cripples us more than anything. Comfort is the enemy of all success. Comfort will kill your dreams, and will leave you feeling trapped living a life of mediocrity. If we don’t learn to break free from our comfort zone, then we will never achieve the things that we desire in life.
Part of the issue with change, at least for me, was that I always assumed that change had to be made drastically. I was either going to go all in on something and not stop, or I was going to give something up cold-turkey and never look back. It didn’t matter what it was that I was changing, it had to be immediate. Needless to say, these types are change are not effective, nor are they sustainable. Also, they don’t really happen all too frequently… Just sayin’.
But change isn’t meant to be drastic. If it was, we would all love it. We would love it for the quick success that it would bring, the risk free decisions that we would have to make, and the minimal effort that would go into a desired outcome. But that’s just not reasonable.
The reason that we don’t like to make changes often, is because most changes suck to make. We don’t like the fact that we have to break out of our comfort zones. We don’t like the fact that sometimes, we are going to have to work long and hard to see even the slightest bit of progress. We don’t like the fact that we actually have to work for something instead of having it handed to us on a silver platter. And we definitely don’t like the fact that whatever change we are seeking is not always guaranteed.
Everyday that I wake up, I have one goal for the day. My goal is to be one percent better than I was yesterday. Think about it, if I can be one percent better each and every day, man, I will have the best life ever. But let’s say that I wanted to become ten percent better everyday, how much more likely would I be to fail? I’ll admit it, it would be very likely that I would fail and I would probably give up on myself.
Now, how much more likely am I to succeed by focusing on becoming one percent better everyday? Not only am I more motivated because I am actually able to achieve an attainable goal, but I am also making smaller changes that will lead towards a larger and greater change. So to answer the question, I am a lot more likely to succeed. That is how we need to look at it.
Look, take it from someone who hates change, small changes are the way to go. Yes, they are going to take more time to achieve, but quick results are not lasting results.
The next time that you are set on making changes in your life, plan to make smaller changes over time. Remember, small changes lead to big results. So stay patient, believe in yourself, and be the best version of yourself that you can be.
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