Sunday, November 20, 2011

Take A Risk, Take A Chance, Make A Change

Taking a risk, taking a chance, and making a change is certainly one of the hardest things I've had to do in my life!  Sitting in the darkness and continuing a comfortable existence, whatever that is for you or me, is certainly easier than taking a risk and making a change.  It may even take more courage and strength than you ever imagined possible.  Fear may creep in and hinder your efforts for as long as you allow it to do so; however, fear can and needs to be conquered.  I was encouraged by this verse this weekend:

2 Timothy 1:7  "For God gave us not a spirit or fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline."


God gave us a spirit of POWER and LOVE and DISCIPLINE! So I can do this, conquer my fear and take the first step to change.  For me the first step is always the hardest, going from stuck in a state of fear to an empowered first step to lasting positive change.  My advice is to take the first step, don't worry about the 2nd, 3rd, or 31st step.  Just start moving in the direction of positive change.  Then after conquering the 1st step, feeling strong and empowered, keep moving, go to the second step.

Today I conquered a major fear in my life and I definitely feel like an empowered, strong woman.  I'm reminded of some of the lyrics in the song "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson:
"Gotta keep movin' on, movin on
Fly away, breakaway."
  
"I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly
I'll do what it takes til' I touch the sky
And I'll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway."

Next start flexing your discipline muscle to keep the momentum going for positive change.  After all God gave us a spirit of discipline and we need to use it!  Like all muscles, it is a muscle that with use can be strengthened.  I remember not being able to stick with a healthy eating plan for more than a few hours, now I live a healthy lifestyle.  It started with making a change, followed by the discipline to maintain the lifestyle.  

So take a risk, take a chance, and make a change and achieve the life of your dreams.  It's all possible.




Tell me:

What change did you make in your life recently?

Did it make you feel empowered?

6 comments:

  1. GREAT post!
    Recently I've been making one change after another, in so many areas of my life. Life is all about change. My husband is reading a book about success, in it the author shares the theory of quantum physics, which is basically that everything is constantly moving...or changing. VERY eye opening! We are either changing for the better or for the worse...I believe it's OUR choice.
    Keep on, girl...you are doing an amazing job!!!

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  2. Change is good! Every now and then, I need to make a change, even if it's to revert to a previous behavior. For example, my re commitment to my eating plan. That definitely counts as a change. :)

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  3. Even if we resist change-it's inevitable.
    Everyday I feel the choice I make in creating change. Simple things: eating well, exercising, being more kind-patient...many simple things.
    I feel that I'm always in the process of changing.
    Effect: Life is more exciting-and opportunities open up.
    Happy Thanksgiving Cat

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  4. I love this post, Cat :) It's so true-- we shouldn't fear change, but rather embrace it and know that God will give us the power to get through the toughest of situations.

    A recent change I've made in my life is not being so schedule oriented and sometimes just going with the flow. It's something I've always struggled with (I'm such a planner!) but I feel like I'm getting the hang of it!

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  5. Change makes life exciting! I think it would be dull to be the same every day! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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  6. Spot on Cat! We can't grow unless we are willing to make a change! That is part of the life lessons Ive learned these last two years!

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