"For each of us there is some mission in life if we but find it. All have some definite thing to do, something for which they have been created; and only the doing of this thing will justify their existence here on earth. If we come into the world and occupy space and time without giving back for this privilege, we have not justified ourselves, and our lives in the end are barren." ~ Hay

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Philosophy of Change

When was the last time you actually looked at yourself in a mirror?  I know…you do it all the time when you wash your hands, brush your teeth or comb your hair.  Catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror doesn’t mean LOOKING at yourself in the mirror.  I want you to EVALUATE yourself.  First, step in front of a full length mirror with your clothes on and write down what you see. 
Are you happy with the way you look?  Does your hair have body and shine?  Do you look tired?  Do you have weight to lose?  Now I want you to take off all your clothes and really take a good look at yourself.  Are you smiling or wincing like you are in pain?  If you are not happy with your own reflection, ask yourself how you can make improvements.  If you find you are just jotting down a few items and are in basic good health, then great.  Continue what you are doing.  If you find you are writing a long list, it’s time to re-evaluate your lifestyle and make permanent changes.
The Philosophy of Change can be defined as the ability to make adjustments or change when one doesn’t like the effects of their current lifestyle.  We must be aware of cause and effect.  The way you look and feel currently is just as good as its effects show. 
If you don’t like the effect, change the cause.
 As the saying goes, it’s insanity to continue to do the same thing and expect a different result.  If you can barely look at yourself in the mirror, it’s time to make some lifestyle changes.  I can already tell what you are thinking….”It’s too hard!  I don’t have the time!  I don’t know what to do!”  You are also probably wondering…”What program would be good?  Who should I listen to?”  The place to start is to do some research.  Never underestimate the power of your brain!  Your brain has the power to reason and use logic.  The more you use it and fine tune it, the better it will work for you.  If a particular program or idea becomes of interest to you, do your own evaluation to come up with what may be a better choice for you.  Then try it!  If you are still not getting the results you seek, try again.  Did you know Thomas Edison tried and failed 10,000 times before he discovered the light bulb?  Keep trying!  Persistence is part of the package as well.  Don’t ever give up.  Don’t let fear get in the way, just make those lifestyle changes!
The philosophy of change can apply to every goal you ascertain.  We have the ability to change what we are doing each and every day.  Close the door to the path that is leaving you unhappy and don’t be afraid to head into uncharted waters.  You may get hit by a few waves but with determination and persistence you will learn how to master the sea……

Me trying to master my dog...or maybe the dog is trying to master me!


1 comment:

mnmanb said...

Thank you so much for the inspirational words. I had the pleasure of coming to one of your workshops in Nesconset. I learned a lot in a short amount of time and have been applying them to our lives.Thanks for giving us all hope!