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Power Up Passages

Changing For The Right Reasons.
January 1, 2003.

Welcome to 2003! We hope you’re ready to ring in the new year and to make this year your year – the year you really make some noise, make things happen and make a difference.

Isn’t it interesting that the first day of year carries with it so many hopes and promises of so many people? To many, the new year represents a brand new chance at a brand new start. A chance to eliminate some pesky habits. A chance to start an exciting project. A chance to start living the life they’ve always dreamed about living.

Yet, if so many begin the year with well intentioned resolutions to change their lives for the better, why do too many fall short in their pursuit? They make resolutions to stop this or to start that, yet within a few short weeks these resolutions are nothing but abandoned memories. They wanted to change. In fact, they needed to change. Yet in a few short weeks, there they are again, stuck back in the same old rut.

Why does this happen time and time again? Because these people were changing for the wrong reasons. If you have ever made a resolution to change and then didn’t stick with the change, you were probably changing for the wrong reasons. In a nutshell, the change wasn’t really all that important to you.

Change is a lot of things all rolled up into one. Change is exciting. Change is scary. Change is the only way you will ever grow smarter. Change is the only way you will ever get better. But more than anything else, change is … different. And it’s that difference that mightily tests our commitment to the changes we seek in life.

OK, so what does it take to actually make the changes you want in your life? First and foremost, you must make any and all changes for the right reasons. Any contemplated change must be consistent with your goals and aspirations and must move you incrementally closer and closer to the realization of your objectives.

It is relatively easy for you to say that you will stop doing this or you will start doing that. After all, talk is cheap. Change requires more from you than merely moving your lips. Making a change and then keeping the change takes unqualified commitment. This prerequisite of total, absolute commitment explains why so many well intentioned people make a new year's resolution to change and then promptly fall flat in their attempt to institute the change. While they may have wanted to change, they were not committed to making the change.

Your ability to implement a change depends entirely on your level of commitment. In order to change, the following must occur: you must understand what it is you want to change, you must understand why you want to change, the change must be important to you and finally the change must become internalized and become a part of you. When it’s all said and done, you will only commit to changes that you really want to make.

If you don’t want to make a change yet go ahead and make it anyway (to get someone off your back, for example), you can bet you probably won't stick with that change for very long. However, when you are completely committed to the proposed change, chances are immeasurably enhanced that this change will become a permanent one. Whenever you want to make a change in your life, you must first totally commit yourself to the change and then hold yourself fully accountable to honoring that commitment through thick and thin.

After all, if a change is worth making, then it must be worth keeping as well.


We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
William James

It is in changing that things find purpose.

The most useless are those who never change through the years.
James Barrie

Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
Author unknown

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Author: Greg Hickman


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