Why IT is Not Possible: Living for the Moment…

“I think, what has this day brought me and what have I given it?” – Henry Moore

So often, when we think of the New Year, resolutions pop into our mind of the things we want to change in life.  You might say, “I want to exercise more” or “I will dedicate myself to losing those extra pounds in 2009.”  But, in no time at all, we are finding reasons not to stick to our plan of changing our life.  Although there are always reasons to skip a day or indulge in that extra dessert, what seems more important to realize is that those moments of weakness are just that…moments.  As with everything we do, small moments add up to larger results.  So, one day missed at the gym might lead to giving up the whole week which in turn leads to “I will restart next week.”

Perhaps, the most important part of achieving any desired result is in the realization of why IT is not possible.  When we make New Year’s Resolutions, we are promising ourselves to make a change for a reason.  We want to be better or happier.  But, if we could just decide at any given moment to change, then we would not really wait for the New Year right?  And, as time ticks away, those moments add up to days, weeks, and months of procrastination.  Yes, those moments add up.

But, the good news is that the willpower to change is only a matter of lasting through one moment until the next with a good plan.  See, change is not about denying yourself what you love in life.  Change is about reaching for what you really love and making it yours.  Knowingly, most people fear change because it means a loss of the familiar and that things (including themselves) will be different afterward.  It does mean that!  For one moment, let’s consider what the barriers are that build our moments of doubt.

Perhaps you…

  • Don’t know where to start.
  • Are afraid of failure.
  • Need help in planning a strategy.
  • Are overwhelmed by the thought of what you are trying to accomplish.

In truth, these things are common to every person on the planet.  Even those with the most self-confidence have these moments of doubt when they think about why IT is not possible; however, those moments of doubt are just that…moments.  Let’s hang on to that.

In the next blog post we will talk about how to put together a plan for succeeding in changing one thing this month!  With the inauguration of a new President, it seems very fitting that we start now to seek one change amidst the hope of a brighter future.

Here is some homework before the next posting:

  • If you could change one thing in your life right now, what would it be?  Write that down on a piece of paper along with 3 of the things that have been keeping you from making this change.  That way, we will start to capture the reasons why IT is not possible.

Hint:  Make it a simple thing like spending 30 minutes a day on yourself or reading to your kids.  We will always work in small increments (e.g. one or two weeks at a time) because I believe it is better to have small successes and build momentum rather than ambitious failures.  So, let’s commit to something for 14 days!  We are not seeking to change the world yet…just finding the right moment to change and exercising that new ‘change muscle.’

Let’s get back together in a week to see what you have committed to do!  In the meantime, please enjoy John Legend’s new song, “If You’re Out There,” for inspiration.


Peace, possibility and abundance,

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