Patience is bitter but the fruit can be sweet. ~Benjamin Franklin
As humans, we are naturally creatures of habit. I find myself going way out of my way at times simply to avoid change. Often times, the process of avoiding change is way more strenuous than the change itself. Change can be scary. It’s hard to wrap my mind around doing things differently than what I’ve done for years and years, but just like the quote says, the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. I think we get distracted by the thousand miles that are stretched out in front of us rather than having the mindset of “one step at a time.” The exciting thing about change, though, is that when patterns are broken, new worlds can emerge.
Attitude plays a rather large role in the change process. Whatever we accept and believe determines how we behave and how we behave determines what we achieve (or don’t achieve). It’s so important to surround yourself with people who are in your corner, too. Find people with the right attitude, commitment and understanding of the change that’s being made in your life. When you decide to make changes, most of the time you have to make some changes in the group of people you spend most of your time with. You become like the top five people you spend most of your time with so make sure that these people are like-minded. When I chose to make some changes in my life, I had to begin surrounding myself with people who were uplifting and supportive of the change that was being made. This is not to say that you won’t run in to the critics from time to time, but this is even more reason to have those strong, dependable people in your life.
When you see that change needs to be made, do it immediately. It’s like buying a “fixer-upper” house. If you don’t immediately begin working on the things that need fixed as soon as you buy the house, you’ll get used to stepping over the “dead body in the living room,” no matter how disciplined you are. When you don’t start making immediate changes in your life and begin to clean house, so to speak, you continue overlooking the things that need changed and you allow them to keep living rent-free even longer. Either we manage change OR it will manage us.
Change involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. Change takes time to take root. Don’t pull up the roots before the process has matured. It will destroy what has been started. When you plant a bamboo seed, you will water it for four years before it ever breaks ground. Once it does, though, it grows 60 feet in the next 90 days. Don’t give up; don’t give in.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. In times of change, we have to remember that mistakes are going to be made. We don’t always have a choice when it comes to change but we do have a choice in how we react to change. Don’t try to speed up the process of change. Plant the right seeds, respect the growing process and watch as great things happen. Patience is bitter but the fruits can be sweet. Enjoy the ride, learn from it. Don’t forget that it’s all the letters after A that get you to Z. Change won’t happen on its own. You have to have a plan in place to make it happen. It takes tremendous discipline to keep the train on track.
*Some quotes were taken from my devotion today. Not all of these were my original thoughts but I felt like they were worth sharing!!