I know a lot of people who focus so much on their past they can’t see their future. I know a lot of people who grumble, complain, and whine about how bad things are, instead of focusing on what could be if they would take accountability and make the change. Today we’re going to talk about five truths about change that just might change your life.
Steve Jobs once said, “For the past 33 years, I’ve looked in the mirror every morning, and I’ve asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?’ Whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I have to change something.” What an insight into what drove him to such excellence.
How many people never stop to consider this? Why do we settle for less than what we’re capable of? Why do so many people resist change?
What truths do we need to experience in order to accept change and all of the benefits it has to offer?
Truth #1: Your present circumstance is simply a reflection of past choices.
Where you are today, your experience, your life, your money, your health, your relationships, your career, everything about you today is a reflection of the choices you’ve made which have brought you to this point.
Right now I’m dealing with the consequences of choices I’ve made over the last few years. It’s brought me to a particular place in my life where I’ve been faced with the choice: Do I make a change, or do I risk my health? I have to do my part.
But it’s not my finish line. Where I am today, where you are today, are results of previous choices we’ve made. Use your experience from previous results to steer your choices today to get the results you want in the future.
Truth #2: You cannot change that which you are not willing to acknowledge.
That’s a quote from the one and only Dr. Phil. You cannot change anything if you’re not first willing to take ownership of it. You cannot change anything in your life unless you are willing to take accountability for it.
Jim Rohn says take personal responsibility. You cannot change maybe the circumstances, the seasons, or even the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
Truth #3: It starts with you.
No one else is responsible for you. No one else can change you. It starts with you.
When you look in the mirror, you have to know it’s you. Only you can change it. You can’t blame anybody else. No one else can do it for you. It’s what you have to grapple with, what you have to do, what you have to choose for yourself. You can’t have a victim mindset and expect wonderful things to happen in your life.
Truth #4: Change your mind and change your world.
When you change your thinking and get rid of the limiting beliefs and replace it all with healthy thoughts, strong self-talk, biblical beliefs about who you are, what you are, what you can do, what you can accomplish, what you’re capable of, everything around you adapts to the new you.
George Bernard Shaw said, “Progress is impossible without change. Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
Evaluate your beliefs. Dig deep and look at the thought processes and the mindsets that have brought you to your present state. If you’re looking for lasting and significant change, the beliefs that got you here are not going to take there. Change your mind so you can change your world.
Truth #5: To resist change is to forfeit your future.
There is no progress without change. Level to level, faith to faith, glory to glory. As I move in life, I’m growing. I’m developing. I’m being promoted. I am moving from one sphere to another. I am growing into it. It requires me to change. If I don’t like change instinctively, that’s fine, but I have to discipline myself to change if I’m going to realize progress in my life.
One of the biggest things that causes this to be a problem in most people’s lives is they’re stuck in the past. Sometimes we can be so enamored by or so fixated on the events in our lives, past failures, past experiences, past relationships, we forfeit our future. We resist change because we’re more comfortable knowing what we know than engaging what we don’t know.
In summary, nothing changes until something changes. Don’t complain about things not being your desired result. Do something about it. Engage. Get accountability in your life. Whatever you have to do to make that change, do it. Nothing changes until something changes.
Be the change you desire to see. Decide what it is you want in your life. Contrast that with where you are today. Know where it is you want to go and where it looks like. Then make a determination. It’s going to require change.