Seasons are changing, why not you too? Imagine a new and better you as the seasons of your life come and go. There is so much living to do and so many opportunities to live an amazing life. Why hold onto the things and thoughts that keep you bound and stagnate? You have a choice.
Ever notice how a mere change in the weather can alter your mood? If you live in a climate that experiences each of the four seasons, winter, spring, summer and fall - you likely have noticed how your sense of self and awareness of the world around you changes with each new season.
For me, I am reminded of some aspect of the past when fall comes, I feel a sense of renewal at the first sign of spring, summer awakens my creative spirit, and winter - well it give me the blahs until I set my thoughts on Christmas and the soon to come New Year with all it's wonderful possibilities; but even that is bittersweet as I reflect on the year that is drifting away and the fleeting of time.
With each season, our minds and bodies can go through natural shifts - but it is our mindset that can drift right through it, as if it time is standing still and each day is all one in the same.
Out with the Old, In with the New
With the circumstances of a global pandemic, many of us are literally stuck in what we deem as safe routines - confined to the same four walls of our home.
Mel Robbins, motivational speaker and author of "The 5 Second Rule," says we live at least 1/2 of every day on auto-pilot. we don't even have to think about things before we do them. We go into default mode, but the problem with this is that we train ourselves to constantly default to the same thought patterns.
Mel suggests that from the second you get a new idea, you have 5 seconds to take action. We can choose to change.
I woke up one day feeling like a cartoon character. Each day rolled into another, without fail with the same routine. I needed a change, and it was up to me. Some would ask, why complain? It is easy to get comfortable in the routine of your daily life, but we are not meant to be stagnate, we are meant to grow and to thrive.
I am fortunate to work from home, but with my mindset I have to put myself in a frame of mind that says, 'get up early, make the bed, meditate, exercise, and put on actual clothing that does not look or feel like warm fuzzy pajamas.'
It is important to treat each day with respect by giving it your best. The mind and body lives and dies by the energy it feeds on. Energy isn't just about the food and drink you consume.
Arguably, it even more so about your surroundings. Who and what takes up your space?
"We can block our blessings when we don't make room for them."
I recently threw out my favorite couch. That thing lasted through 3 living spaces over 15 years. I loved it so much I even had it reupholstered half-way thought its life cycle. Then one day it just started breaking down from wear and tear, beyond repair.
The couch became an eyesore, an embarrassment. No one wanted to sit on it because is was all lopsided and uncomfortable. I had gotten my money's worth years ago.
It should have been tossed a long time ago. So I tossed it the other day, to make room for the new comfy couch that God intends to bless me with. We can block our blessings when we don't make room for them.
What's Most Important To You?
There is a school of thought that says, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.' Why mess with a perfectly fine everyday routine? Why expand your mind and stretch your possibilities? I believe you owe it to not only yourself, but those who love and may even depend on you, to be your absolute best self.
Change is inevitable, but we humans find ways to adapt. Your ability to adapt is dependent upon you willingness to do so Once you find the will, you'll seek the knowledge and the resources you need will come.
What is most important to you? Time, money, health, quality of life, your kids, your parents... what? Do you have too much or too little? Everyone has something or someone that is important to them. What are you living for and how can you embrace the change necessary to be your best for them?
It takes courage to change, but once you decide to do whatever it takes, including overcoming your fears, you'll begin to see and embrace the possibilities. Change can be for the best or the worse, shoot for the best.
Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life
The biggest change starts with the smallest movement. Take an honest look at your life - are you where you want to be, is your health the best it could be, are there dreams you have yet to bring to light? For example, let's say you could stand to loose a few extra pounds of pandemic weight you've gained over the past few months. You say you don't have time or energy to exercise. We all have room for improvement.
Change your behavior, push yourself out of bed an hour earlier (go to bed an hour earlier) and do a few stretches or light exercise. If you make a habit of doing this over a couple of weeks you'll find that not only are your shedding some fat but you feel more energized as well.
The most significant change you'll ever make occurs when you simply change your mind.
Valerie Winrow is an author and a women’s lifestyle writer/blogger with focused content on health, wellness, and finance. Her “Yes, I'm That Girl!” blog and "Yes, That Girl!" podcast, share inspirational stories and anecdotes to encourage others to live a life of purpose.
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