I watched a news article today about a woman who lost 300 lbs the “old fashioned” way. She knew that where she was, at 500+ lbs. was killing her. So she made a decision to change. She got brave and went into a world she’d pretty much stayed out of. She stepped into a gym. She did what she knew she needed to do: she got started. As I watched this brave woman being interviewed, I noticed that she commented on this fact: There are no gimmicks. No short cuts. It’s hard work. It’s worth it.
Living a simpler yet richer life and making better choices for ourselves is not, at first, a simple thing to do. It takes a decision and stick-to-it-iveness. There are always excuses and self doubt that come with it. There are always reasons. The most popular one I hear is often “I don’t have time” or “it’s too hard-I can’t do it.” I love the one that people often give about “you can’t take it with you when you die!” Giving ourselves an out short changes the possibilities of what can be. If only you changed your mind. No one can do this for you except you. And no one can do the hard work for you. The great thing about this is the reward your reap for your hard won success will be truly yours. You will know it in your heart. As you live a better life for yourself, you often find a way to start living in a way that shares good things with the world.
I also, recently, found a blog about a family that is traveling. They have lived all over the place with their family of seven. There are five children including an infant. Now while this life style isn’t something that would be my dream or something I’d want for my family, I find it inspiring that these people found the things that were in their way. They found what was holding them back. They made a choice to start. They systematically eliminated what was in the way and found a way to live their dream. They are taking their children around the world and showing how amazing this world is. It’s unconventional, sure. But it’s inspiring to see someone else living “their dream.” They aren’t all that different from you or me. They just made a decision to start. Little by little they’ve made their way to living a life they love. And they are inspiring people with their journey by blogging about it.
No one will tell you that making good changes in your life is easy. No one will tell you that success isn’t hard won. But for those who are walking this road of making quality changes in their lives by making the decision to just START will tell you how worth it it really is. Making quality changes doesn’t have to be a monumental event. Start simple. It can lead to monumental outcomes. You just have to make the decision to get started.
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