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Take a look at your life: there are many things you love about your life, however, there are likely things you would like to change as well. Whether it’s waiting for your boss to realize you are the perfect candidate for that big promotion, increasing your daily exercise, spending more time with your significant other, losing that extra weight, being more present with your kids, improving a process at work, or reading every day.
There’s probably something you are wishing would change. When faced with a situation like this, you have two options. You can either sit and wait for change to happen by itself or you can do something about it and make the change you desire.
Be More Proactive
Your first option, waiting for change, is very passive. Things may change, things may not change with this option. Those that choose this method are not likely to achieve many major accomplishments and, by some people standards, are taking the easy way out. This option seems to go hand in hand with the microwave mentality. This metaphor represents having the attitude that if something isn’t accomplished in fewer than five minutes, it isn’t worth doing. Those that need instant gratification will choose to wait for change. Yes, this way is easy, but more often than not, does not produce the results you seek.
If you want things in your life to change, Change things in your life!
But don’t forget, there’s a second option! You can make change happen, however, change requires effort, action, and work. Change hardly ever occurs by chance or without effort. In order to get the changes you seek, make a plan and set goals then work toward meeting those goals and completing that plan.
Some people may shy away from taking action on their plan because there is a potential to fail. But you cannot let failure or the potential of failing overcome you. You must overcome it! Failing isn’t really failing at all. It is learning and taking away beneficial lessons that you may not have learned otherwise.
You will learn more life lessons and more about yourself. Making changes is a journey where you learn what you are capable of, what are your limits, what you love, and what you don’t. As you try and try again, you can use the lessons learned to work more effectively and efficiently.
This option is definitely more challenging and is the road less traveled but extremely fulfilling and empowering. Some people might try to discredit your accomplishments and efforts by saying that all of this is just luck, that these changes have occurred because you got lucky. It seems that they are struggling to understand that this so-called “luck” is actually action. And the changes occurring are the result of your hard work and purposeful effort.
Change Requires Action
Change is most likely to occur with action. Play an active role in your life. Creating a plan and following through on each step of the plan. Change may come knocking at your door, but you must pave the pathway to the door with effort and hard work.