How often do you stay where you are because it’s what you’ve always done?
You’ve always come home from work, made dinner, then plopped in front of the T.V. to watch your favorite sitcom. Or maybe you’ve nestled up to your computer to live vicariously through others via social media. The routines you’ve established have left a mark on how you look, feel, and act. It’s affected not only you, but the people around you as well. Your kids stop asking you to come outside and throw the ball around because they know you’ll say, “Not right now,” and the NOW never seems to come around. Your friends stop calling because you don’t engage with them as often as you used to, except for maybe on Facebook. And your business or employer is noticing that your “routines” are not promising for your best health or for the business’. It’s time for new beginnings which start with necessary endings!
Are you ready for life changing necessary endings? What does that look like for you? What do you need to end in your life so you may experience better health? Do your eating habits need a new beginning? Your exercise routine? Bedtime? Wake time? Your relationships? If you aren’t sure how you’re truly spending your time, then I encourage you to monitor your daily routine for a full week. Pay attention to the pattern and how it affects you and those around you. You may be stuck in a rut. The good news is that you can get out of the rut and get on track for healthy new beginnings. It’s all up to you!
Many people “hope” things will change, but “hope is not a strategy.” Hope is an important element for change, but hope by itself is only hope. Actions must follow the direction in which your “hope” points in order for routines and life to change. Your tomorrows can be different from today. The question is…How bad do you want it? When the pain of where you are is worse than your circumstance and your routines, then you will engage in necessary endings. The endings may sting with pain as well, but the sting to the endings won’t last forever. In fact, that pain will be temporary compared to staying where you are. It’s okay to acknowledge the pain, but it’s equally important to acknowledge that new beginnings open your eyes and open your heart; thus changing your life. Start by making small necessary endings. They can be as simple as no longer eating past 7pm or adding kale to your plate in place of potatoes. Or maybe you wake up 15-20 minutes earlier to get in a good stretch or get in a quick exercise routine. Necessary endings don’t have to be an “end all at once” kind of thing. It’s more like a shift and being intentional about the actions you make daily for your best tomorrows. Each small necessary ending/shift will take you to where you desire and “hope” to be. Fabulous new beginnings are waiting for you!