“If only I had a dollar for every time I changed a life…” Every year, in January, we pause for reflection. It’s a time for New Year’s resolutions and a time for looking forward to something new in your future. But what do you really want to accomplish in life? Why are you making resolutions and what can you do in the year to help yourself reach your goals?
A year ago I made the decision to push myself outside my comfort zone and become an entrepreneur. I knew I was talented in sports, I knew I had many of the characteristics someone would look for in a great leader and I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world. I didn’t know what this would entail, but I knew I wanted it. I knew I wanted to use the skills and knowledge that I had learned to be able to change other people’s lives.
During the first month of this journey, I started to get overwhelmed with all the excitement and the challenges. I’d plan one thing over and do another. I kept finding myself getting discouraged and my enthusiasm waned. This is when I decided I needed a mentor to help me turn my life around.
I spent the next 12 months studying others who have changed their lives to the point they became successful. What I found is that their biggest obstacle was not the obstacles in their life but themselves. How were they not motivated enough to achieve their goals? How did they let go of their fears and concerns so they could focus on achieving their goals? By reading about those who have been successful and applying their principles, I started to realize I needed to find a way to get rid of my own obstacles as well.
One of the biggest lessons I learned is that it takes vision more than any skill to change. If I’d had the knowledge and tools that I now have I wouldn’t have rushed out and made my first change. I’d have done my homework and made preparations to succeed. I would have made the changes, my coach suggested.
I changed my life in the year that changed the way I live my life every day. I can look back and see how far I’ve come since making that first decision to change. I still get stressed sometimes when things aren’t going the way I want them to. But I know I’m on the right track to changing my own life.
Of course, I’d never really realized my full potential until I made the choice to change. I’d always been curious about what it would be like to change my life. So I kept doing research, reading books, and watching videos until I had all of the information I needed. I learned what I needed to learn about how I’d change my life by following a successful plan that was based on what I wanted to accomplish and how I believed I could achieve it.
I’ll never forget what it was like to change that one year that changed my life. I want to share what I learned with everyone else who believes they have what it takes to change their lives. Every day I wake up and I ask myself, “What’s next?” I can’t wait to see the results. I know I changed my life in the year that changed the most.
Here are some of the things I’d do if I was still single: First I’d change one habit. I’d quit smoking and start enjoying the benefits of being healthy. I’d also lose some weight and develop a better diet plan that would help me get rid of the excess fat and keep me energized. Next, I’d start going to a physical fitness class and adding some strength training to my exercise routine. I’d also try to find a new hobby that I’d pursue on a daily basis to keep me mentally focused. And finally, I’d sign up for an online course that will teach me more about improving my health, wealth, happiness, and love life.
I didn’t change my life in the year that changed the most by being positive. I’m still a work-at-home mom. I’m married, I’m passionate about the things I love to do, and I’m extremely grateful to be alive! I wouldn’t have it any other way!
My hope is that one day you’ll sit down and look back and say “I changed my life in the year that changed the most.” Then you can look back and say “Why didn’t I do what I wanted?” !