Another place change can be seen is in quilts. I’m often amazed at how different a quilt can look with a change of shape in the block, a color change, or from a rearrangement of the pieces in a block. With each change, there is the potential to make a whole new quilt! The possibilities are endless!
This same principle can be applied to our lives. When we change a bad habit for a good one, we’ve changed a “shape.” When we change a lifestyle, we’ve changed a “color.” When we fellowship with those who share our interests and motivate us to move forward, instead of those who would “pick us apart, and drag us down," we have “rearranged the pieces” in the block. The sum total of all these changes has the potential to create a “new person” with possibilities that become endless!
The idea behind the resolutions is to make changes. Often, however, our goal is so dramatic we learn almost instantly (sometimes it takes a whole week!) to find out it’s not going to happen. We immediately reach for the leftover snacks from the holidays, (after all we can’t let it go to waste, right?) or we realize getting up an hour earlier is nearly impossible with the already hectic schedule we have, or even in our very specific business worlds huge, dynamic changes (like promising myself I’ll write 1,000 words on any specific project every day) are just impossible for follow through.
The best way to make changes is a little at a time. It’s like eating a slice (or bite) of pie rather than eating the whole thing in one sitting! If we create a plan of “pieces” instead of “entirety” our goals are much easier to see through! Instead of dieting through starvation or eliminating all snacks we know we’re going to eat, choose to eat half or three quarters. Instead of getting up an hour early to exercise, arise only ten minutes early. Rather than promising to write 1,000 words on any given project every day, choose to reach 500 words. Each of these goals are much more manageable. We can then increase the increments as we adjust to our now “new normal.”
As you reflect about changes you might want to make over this next year I encourage you to write down a list, let it sit for a day or two, then pick it back up and decide if the changes are going to be manageable or might need some tweaking! Make it challenging yet attainable! It will be in “this place” you will likely succeed to making “forever life changes,” rather than frustrating failures. As success comes, raise the bar!
Have an amazing, successful, fulfilling 2017, everyone! Share your goals/resolutions and your successes over the next weeks and months! I’d love to hear from you.