Wake Up Call: Motivation without Procrastination

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”–Barack Obama

For many people, the thought of the New Year means New Year’s Resolutions for weight loss or to spend less money.  Rarely, in our efforts for make a stable change in our lives, do we ever consider the long-term adjustment of our lifestyle to provide continual growth and development.

While there may be many reasons why we do not make lasting long-term dedication to change our lives, the prominent reasons seem to be that we do not:

  • Look deep enough for the reason to change.
  • Understand the reason for implementing change.
  • Accept that change is possible.
  • Prepare attainable goals for enrichment based on our values.
  • Hold ourselves accountable for the outcome.
  • Create a plan of actionable items for success.

Almost everyone will agree on one thing: change can be terrifying and difficult.  And, many times, looking inward means making a clear evaluation of your values and goals in such a way that is equally exciting and uncomforting.

But, just for a minute, put the nervous feeling of “what if I fail?” or “it’s too hard to change,” to the side and experience the soaring of possibility.  When you look for things to change in your life, dig deep past the probable into the person that you have always wanted to be.  Remember the childhood slogan, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Let’s go there for a moment!

It is easy to see that many people make decisions that color the outcome of their lives.  From addiction to disabling attitudes, examples of people who handicap their potential are available with one click of the remote control.   However, most people would run up against that wall of uncomfortable reality if they were to stand, like Scrooge staring into the window on Christmas morning, and think about what needs to be changed in their lives.

So many of us would realize that we have been viewing tomorrow as the eternal day that we change everything—without accepting that tomorrow is always tomorrow away.  Wishing your life away will not help you change the realities of today.  Rounding up until another tomorrow only brings you closer to acknowledging the Ghost of Christmas past.

Instead of rounding up and committing your life to another set of empty New Year’s Resolutions, reach down to the bottom of your being and consider what can you change that will make a difference in your life, your family, your community, and your world.  If you are saying to yourself that you are one person with one small voice, then consider the chorus of people who joined together at the historical acceptance speech of President Elect Barack Obama to echo the words, “Yes we can!” When your voice joins with other voices to inspire change, then your procrastination will be replaced with the clear vision of motivation.

Of course, it is easy to step back from the monumental task of changing the world.  That is so huge and we are so busy.  But, in this moment of change when we are inspired by the voice of the world, this is the perfect time to consider the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”

As you look for New Year’s Resolutions this year, challenge to really grow and then let’s set a plan to actually get you there this time.

Please enjoy “If You’re Out There” by John Legend to help clear your mind and create a list of viable changes in your life.


“Tomorrow is starting now!”

Change Alert:  “Take Control of Your Career” is starting in 2009. If your New Year’s Resolution includes transitioning into a new career or position, then the methodologies of “Take Control of Your Career” will teach you the advanced features of new job preparation, how to redesign or jump start your career, and the ideal way to settle into a new job.

Happy, healthy New Year Wishes to you all.

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