“Nothing changes if nothing changes.”
Over the course of the past 38 years I’ve made a lot changes.
In my teenage years, I would change the crowds that I hung out with. This was relatively easy to do, especially in the 90s. All I had to do was make changes to clothes I wore and what music I claimed to like.
The changes that I made in my 20s were not the best changes. I won’t get into the details here but they were rough years. The point is that I made changes.
In my 30s I’ve made changes, big and small. In the last year I’ve made changes, big and small. In the past week I’ve made changes.
Even today I’ve thought about the changes that I still want to make.
Every single client that I work with wants to make some sort of change. These changes range from losing fat and gaining muscle to rehabbing injuries and running marathons. They also include changes we don’t generally associate with fitness like being a more present parent, traveling all over the globe for epic adventures and just feeling more rested and refreshed each morning.
Change is absolutely required for any goal, unless of course your goal is to remain exactly as you are.
These changes should start as small changes but you have to fully commit to them. I’ve found that one of the best ways to do this is through your language choices. Instead of saying “I’m trying not to drink soda” use language like “I don’t drink soda.”
There are 1,000 more strategies to make changes. Some may be more effective than others but the truth of the matter is that you have to want the change more than you want what currently exists. You also have to be willing to start over 100 times. Nobody gets change right the first time. The most successful people are not the people that get it right the first time but they are the people that stay committed to the change and to the new life that the change can bring, even when they fall down. Get back up and commit to the change that you want to make in your life.
Change isn’t easy. Change is risky. But guess what? Staying the same is a risk too.
So, go to your refrigerator and throw out all of your soda (or sugar, or booze or crappy relationship). Raise a glass of water. Here’s to CHANGE!!! It’s not going to be easy, but if everything was already awesome you wouldn’t desire the change in the first place.