Probably most of us have heard this quote:
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.
This quote comes to mind when thinking of goals, and that's good if you are only spinning your wheels and not gaining ground. I remind myself of the areas I'm working on for reaching my goals, and how some of my actions need to change. After a few years of uprooting and getting off of a normal schedule, it's a "painful" process to change around! Basically, it's a headache to fix! =)
But isn't it amazing that this same quote is true for nearly every area of our lives?
It's easy to feel like, "This is how it's always going to be." in many, many areas. But it doesn't have to be.
Marriage Sometimes bad habits become the norm after being married for so many years. We get too relaxed in marriage, and our relationship isn't nearly as attractive. Reinstate the pleasant words of "please" and "thank you". Say "I'm sorry" when you are wrong. Do something special and out of the ordinary for your spouse. You may be surprised how a small action can bring great results.
Money Never have enough? Life is definitely expensive, but most of us can work on this one too. Give up the morning stop for coffee (make it at home), read the news online, stop your magazine subscriptions. This list could go on and on!
Child rearing Certain methods of discipline not working? Find out ways that others have found effective and give them a try. With so much teaching and training that a child needs, be sure to tell them what they are doing right as well. You might make a difference in that child's self esteem.
Work Go the extra mile, be the happiest and most helpful employee.
Our limitations Whatever our obstacles, there are areas we can push a little further, try a little harder, do something a little different.
Sure, there are areas that may never change, but I don't believe it applies to every single area of our lives, and more specifically, the areas that we want to change.
What areas do you want to change? What can you do today?