It’s up to you to make a commitment to change. It’s a big decision, and the decision is all yours. When and how… is your choice too. But, what if you had to make a list of all the habits you would like to change or create, how many changes would be on the list? Would you actually make the changes? Could you actually make the changes?
For many of us, we might have more than a dozen habit changes we’d like to make. And we want to make them all right now! However, you might find it helpful to know that, changes have to be thought of as being similar to a marathon, not a sprint.
I’ve had people tell me that they are overwhelmed by all the changes they want to make. They want to eat better, meditate, be closer to GOD, procrastinate less, write more, get better at relationships, exercise more, and so on … but they’re paralyzed by the amount of change they want to make. In the end, this paralysis means they don’t do much at all.
So what does it take to run a marathon, you ask?
It takes great preparation.
It takes patience.
It takes time.
There are more than 30,000 steps that have to be run to get through it… depending on the length of the race. You cannot… I repeat… cannot… run all these steps at once. It’s physically impossible — all you can do is run one step at a time, and eventually you’ll run all of them.
You have to think of life in the same way. But most people want to change everything all at once. For the, it’s now or never.
We can’t wish for the changes we want to take place in our lives to be a sprint, or to be over in 10 seconds of hard work. It doesn’t work that way.
Change starts with one step at a time. Change takes taking one step… a thousand times over. Little by little. It takes thought. It takes prayer. It takes faith. It takes one day at a time.
You can’t do everything right now. But eventually, you’ll get to them all… if you’ll just take the first step – and keep going from there.