T.S. Eliot said "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." Taking a risk means changing the norm. We hear everyday about "making a life change" the new phrase for "Diet" - "Stop Smoking" - "Workout More" - "Find another Job."
Change a word that should inspire you, rather than scare you.
Do you believe that somehow you've failed too many times to have another chance??? The first step for change begins with you. Stop looking only at where you are and start looking at what you can be, and today is the best day to begin!
Michael Jackson's song "Man in the Mirror" is right on point. Most of the roadblocks we see are those we make for ourselves. You may succeed if nobody else believes in you, but you will never succeed if you don't believe in yourself. A great quote from Zig Ziglar is "What you picture in your mind, your mind will go to work to accomplish. When you change your pictures you automatically change your performance." So, first we must change our own thoughts about ourselves, and begin positivity and, of course, hard work.
Fear can affect change. What you did yesterday, isn't going to work today. So embrace new ideas and opportunities. You may have to step out from what's easy for you, being around the same people, doing the same workout, etc. I've talked with many new members of the Track Club, and I constantly hear stories of how they've met so many new friends that they would have never made without being a part of the club. That is what pushes them to keep growing to be a better version of themselves. The same scenario with joining a new gym or training group. You may not feel comfortable at first, but if you put yourself out there, you will be surprised of the results.
Commitment will induce change. The moment you definitely commit yourself, change begins. I always say, I am never fully committed to run my next marathon until I send in my registration fee. At that point, my commitment begins. Commitment to train, to eat the right foods, to get in to marathon mode. When you are interested in doing something, you only do it when it is convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
Change can only come when you stop comparing yourself to others, and wish to be like they are. To make a change remember that Imitation is limitation. If you try to imitate others, you may be disappointed to the point that you stop trying. The discontented people are trying to be something they are not, to do something they cannot do. We all have talents we can only achieve, but we have to realize what those talents are and then develop them. The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be or what they are. Stay on track with your goals and develop your assets.
Every person has a chance to improve himself, but some just don't believe in taking chances. You can run a 5K, a 10K, a Half Marathon, a Marathon, but you have to take that step out the door. You may only run 25 feet that first attempt, but it's 25 feet closer to your goal. It doesn't come easy to change your routine, so make a new routine. A new routine could mean get up 30 minutes early to work out, or to make a healthy breakfast. You decide what changes you need to make to reach your goals. If they have to be tweaked along the way, no problem, you can still achieve the change you strive to make.
Do more than consider, commit. Do more than forgive, forget.
Do more than exist, live. Do more than hear, listen. Do more than think, create. Do more than share, give.
Do more than encourage, inspire. Do more than wish, believe.
Do more than advise, help.
Do more than change, improve. Do more than dream, do.
Get out there and change to make YOU better. Then give back. Along the way, you may find that change to put in the Piggy Bank!