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So often, we begin the New Year with a laundry list of resolutions that we expect to change our lives and make us happy. We work really hard for a while on losing weight, eating better, reading more, limiting our "constant on" lifestyles, reducing stress.....and on and on and on....then....we stop.
We give up.
It's just too hard to do everything "right"!
So, we give up on those resolutions. We slip back into our old, bad habits.....and decide that we'll try again next year. New Year, new start.....same old, same old ending to the fresh, new story.
Change is hard! It isn't easy to change a routine that took a lifetime to develop! That extra 20 (or 50 or 100) pounds didn't happen overnight. The bad habits and sedentary lifestyle developed over years--and you probably have friends and family that actively participate in most, if not all, of those bad habits with you. You aren't only making personal lifestyle changes--you are battling upstream against an unhealthy, unmotivated culture!
Seems hopeless, doesn't it? All the more reason to give up. Change is just too hard. It's too tough.
“Nothing happens until the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change” – Arthur Burt
Why is that so true? Why must we wait until it's often too late to push ourselves to make changes in our lives? Changes for the good that would boost our quality of life--for all of our life.
Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn
Here in this little corner of the world, we need to change A LOT of things--before it's too painful to stay the same and too late to enjoy the rewards of the changes! I am adding a little button on the sidebar for a new category called Mama's Motivation.
I have a lot of work to do--both personally, physically, and on the homefront. I do not write a lot of "personal" posts here. I had originally considered creating an entire blog to this endeavor--Whipping this Ship into Shape--but, I really think that this a very real aspect (and issue) that my readers battle daily too--along with all of the other aspects of their lives! I think a daily dose of motivation, inspiration or organization may help all of us! I hope to add a little something there every day as I make efforts toward change.
Change is hard--but, it's not impossible.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi