Change. What does it take? How can you and I actually make a lasting change in any or many areas of our lives? If you’re like me, you want to grow and become a better person than you are today.
In my last post, I challenged you to think of an area in life where you have experienced change, and what helped bring that about.
I shared with you one personal area of change that has taken place in my life, and the first two agents of change I am aware of that helped me. That area of change was in becoming a walker. Now I don’t mean just any ol’ walker. I mean a genuine, get off your duff, and get some exercise walker! It’s where you walk every day, once or twice a day. You walk at a good pace, sometimes you do intervals between fast and slow walking. Ok, you get the point. Anyway, I hated going on walks when first married but my wife loved it. Now I love it too.
How did that happen? What were the change agents?
Here are five of the change agents that helped me:
- First, I had personal support.
- It was doable. (see my last post for more on these first two change agents)
- Recognizing the benefits.
Over time, I began to recognize that walking helped my back and lifted my spirits. It was like having a daily makeover – and over time began to feel good.
- Growing in my knowledge.
As my attitude shifted, I began thinking: I don’t have any ultimate say in when I depart from this earth, BUT I have a lot to say and do about what the journey from now until then can be like. I decided I wanted to be as strong as I can for as long as I can.
So I began to read and study about the health benefits of exercising. Guess what? Walking consistently comes up as one of the best forms of exercise a person can do! Gaining that knowledge (and much more) has provided the needed motivation to be consistent.
- Learning to love what I once hated.
As I mentioned earlier, I hated going on walks at first. It simply was not anywhere on my priority list. Now it is at the very top of my list, every day. Perhaps the greatest impetus for that change was this: I didn’t make the change at first for me. I did it for my wife.
I nipped my whining in the bud as quickly as I could and went on the walk whenever my wife suggested it. Doing something that would bless my wife, even when I didn’t want to was and is a value of mine. A funny thing happened along the way. Blessing her enhanced our relationship. And now? I LOVE taking walks. The very thing I once hated, I came to love!
Here are 7 other change agents that you and others sent in response to my last post:
- Begin with the end in mind.
- Make a plan.
- Track your progress.
- Make it a lifestyle.
- Ask others to keep you accountable.
- For Christ followers, learn to walk in the Spirit
- Be willing to change, and ask God for help.
NOW – here is your challenge:
What is one area in your life you want to see changed? From the five change agents I shared personally, or the seven above, what are the change agents you will enlist to help you be successful at making a lasting change?
Also, CONGRATULATIONS to Virginia who won last’s weeks giveaway and received a $10 Panera Gift Card! Virginia shared with us an awesome story of change in her life. You can read it HERE as well as the other great comments! Thanks, Virginia!