I once read a story about a group of people freed from a land where they were in captivity. These people were ready to move forward, or so they thought. As they embarked upon a new journey, they began making mistakes, which led them to walk around the same mountain for several decades. These mistakes kept them away from living in the truth that they had known. They kept believing a lie of failure, which caused them to lose sight of moving forward and ultimately hold them back. I call this the unending, unyielding cycle of doom.
We can too often relate to this story and desire to move forward but are held back by our attitudes. Like the people in the story, we can find ourselves allowing the fear of failure to keep our attitudes negatives. This negative attitude enables constant failure. When we focus our attention on the wrong things, we fail and fail and fail! You may desire to become a better executive, manager, supervisor, spouse, parent, brother, sister, or even child. Still, you can never become better unless you change your mentality, which causes the same cycle of doom.
The question we must first ask ourselves is, why do we want to change? If you do not have a good reason to improve, chances are you will not change. It is known that people who face personal crises are more successful at achieving weight loss. Most people do not wake up one day and make the positive steps forward to cause the reaction of weight loss to occur. The same goes for whatever you desire to achieve within your own life. You must strive to understand the catalyst and allow it to inspire you on your journey to becoming a better you.
As I sit here writing, I can think of several things I would like to change about myself and just as I am sitting here writing, you are probably thinking about all of the things you want to change about yourself or your situation—but what is going to become the catalyst to drive you forward? What is going to help you break the unending, unyielding cycle of doom in your life? For some, it may be reading this article, and you are in despair about whatever change you need to make. Maybe tears are filling your eyes, and you know this change must occur and now. If that is you, then please allow this to be your wakeup call. But for others, you may read this article and think to yourself “I need to change…,” but then you move on and forget all about it, until the next time the desired change pops into your mind again and you forget about it—this is the cycle of doom. It can happen all too easily to each of us.
Steps to make the changes you desire to make:
- Listen to your heart and determine what it is you want to change.
- Ponder why it is necessary to make the shift
- Consider three ways you can make the transition
Get a piece of paper and write down what you desire to change, why it is necessary to make the change, the steps you will take to ensure the transition happens, and a timeline to complete each step. Place this piece of paper in a place you look at multiple times a day and keep it there until the change occurs. Take moments throughout the day to read over the piece of paper and ponder what you have written—work toward achieving these steps. You can break the cycle of going around the mountain, but you must treat obstacles as if you were managing an important project that would make or break your career. Take time and prepare to manage the project and defeat the unending, unyielding cycle of doom.
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