Sunday, January 1, 2017

Take Action to Change Your Life for the Better

Thought of the Day:

"A positive mind won't change much if you're not willing to change." Penelope Winthrop

Go ahead and dream about the possibilities of making changes to your life all you want. Being positive is great, but if you're not willing to do the work, then nothing is going to change. You have to be ready to step out of your comfort zone and get to it. 

If you have a dream, then getting up early or missing social gatherings, binging on coffee... These are a part the sacrifices you make as you grow as a person. There will be days when you want to quit but discipline will carry you across the finish line. Train your mind to be disciplined so you can give it your everything. 


It can be very difficult to break bad habits especially if you're unwilling to evolve. Change involves discipline and sacrifice. There is absolutely no way around it. Do you want to get into shape? Then get your butt off the couch and go for it. Work in the way of your exercise routine? Wake up earlier than you normally do. Do you want to make money? Then, stop dreaming about what you would do if you had money and get a job, land some clients. The money isn't going to make itself. Sure, be positive and keep your eye on the prize as you're working toward your goal, but you have to actively work for it if you want to produce results. 

I mentioned in another post that I wake up at 4:30 every morning. It was incredibly challenging for me to begin waking up at 4:30 every morning. I could see myself waking up and getting a load of goals done, but for a long time, I couldn't actually do it. And honestly, I still struggle with it at times. It is especially tough when your child doesn't sleep through the night on most nights. Kids zap your energy like you wouldn't believe, so this was difficult for me (still can be). I really just wanted a few extra minutes (more like an hour or two) of sleep.

Eventually, my hunger to get a jump on the day outweighed my need to sleep in until 6. I managed to develop the discipline to wake up early in order to accomplish some of my daily goals. And actually, I've been trying to maintain the discipline needed to meet them. This past year wasn't as great as it could have been. Many parts of it were downright horrible but I've come a long way. Am I exactly where I want to be? No, but I'm actively taking those steps to get there. 

Growth in Failure

Fear is another thing that holds people back from changing their life for the better. What if they don't like it? What if they go into debt? What if they fail? Ah, failure is not something to fear because, in your failures, you learn a lot.

A positive attitude beats a negative one any day of the week
Get back up and try again—and again—and again
Keep going even though you've failed
Never give up
Continue to believe in yourself
Never repeat your mistakes
Hard work eventually pays off
If you're still trying, then you haven't really failed

A Lonely Road

It's a constant struggle especially because I feel so alone at times even though I know others are in my shoes. Often, you hear people talk about success and how amazing it is to be there. You don't hear about the struggles they went through before finally making it. They don't mention how they failed repeatedly. They don't mention how they gave up friends or their favorite hobbies for a long time so they could be successful. It can be a lonely road when you decide to change your life. It's something many entrepreneurs face but it's not usually talked about. In fact, it's something everyone faces at some point in their life—whether you're an entrepreneur or simply want to make a lifestyle change. 

The difference between the go-getters and the dreamers is that the go-getters dream big, but then work hard to make it happen. I mean, sure, you say you want something, but are you willing to put in the hours to get there? Do you truly want it? If so, what are you waiting for? Seize the day. You can do anything if you set your mind to it. Just keep in mind that even when you fail, you're not entirely defeated. If you're moving forward, then you're generating change—no matter how minuscule it may seem. Never give up.

Thanks for reading!!

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