You’re going to change, trust me. Attending a 20-year High School Class reunion will drive that point home pretty clearly.
However, the danger is that most people only change when it is forced upon them.
We have a tendency to seek a comfortable, tension-free, status-quo environment and thus as long as things are going along pretty well we are content.
That is why a fellow can rock along for weeks, months, and even years and think things are okay with his marriage and then come home one day to an empty house because his spouse has thrown in the towel and moved on. Then he’s ready to start changing.
Whether it is at home, work, church, our health, or life in general—this scenario is played out all too often.
Change can be painful. Change requires us getting out of our comfort zone. Change requires confronting the status quo. Change requires acknowledging the 500-pound gorilla that is in the room and the fact that the Emperor has no clothes on.
In other words, changes requires acknowledging how things really are and how they ought to be and then making the necessary adjustments to align your life with how it ought to be.
By nature, most people do not like the confrontation that is required to change (and that probably includes you); but to stop changing proactively is to surrender control of your life to others and, trust me, eventually you will change – when it is forced upon you.
- The ONE THING for today: You are going to change. The question is: Are you going to control the narrative or give over control of your life to others?
“At any time you decide to improve your behavior and make lifestyle changes, they make a difference from that point on. Maybe not right away. It’s like slamming on the brakes. You do need a certain skid distance.”
_Dr. Jeffery Koplan, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention