Change Requires Action, But It Also
You must reach a point where you are not just willing to make a change but have committed yourself to the change. This means no more “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I can allow myself to cheat a little bit.” It means that you are 100 percent committed every day to the change you want to see happen.
Jim Rohn says, “Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.” Life is made up of a series of small changes that take us toward our goals or away from our goals. Even when we think we are maintaining the status quo, we are still going through change! The important thing is to determine if we are controlling the change or if the change is controlling us.
I can tell you that positive changes rarely happen by accident. It is up to us to take control of the changes and use them to move us toward our goal. For example, if you suffer from addiction, it is unlikely that the addiction will get better or be cured on its own. What is more likely is that you will continue on that path and even worsen in your behavior as time goes on; the habit will change, but not for the better. Unattended change, as we might call it, usually moves toward a worsening of a bad habit, not a bettering. That means that, unless you do something to affect a change in your life, it is unlikely that you will conquer your addiction by accident.
Change also requires daily commitment to your new lifestyle. If you simply try to change when you feel like it, you will never made a complete transformation. The fact is that there are going to be times when you do not feel like it and when it may be very difficult to maintain a change. Some days you may wonder why you are changing at all! However, maintaining your hard work and continuing your change is important. Only with consistent effort can you hope to truly change your behavior and become a better person.