I have always liked the quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” If you want to change the world, you have to change yourself. And of course the truth is, the only thing you CAN change is yourself.
This is an outwardly-focused thought. And that’s fine. Changing the world is a wonderful goal, if it’s changing it for the better. But I need this to also be an inwardly-focused thought. Changing myself is a wonderful goal, if it’s changing it for the better.
You can’t think yourself into a new way of acting – you have to act yourself into a new way of thinking. In essence, BE the change you want to see in yourself. Or, as Nike says, Just Do It.
So many times I get paralyzed by my own thinking. I find reasons not to do what I know is right. I find excuses for behaviors that are unhelpful, if not downright harmful. I let fear, a feeling/though process, interfere with and prevent action.
Do you want to be a runner? Start running. Even if only for 15 seconds.
Do you want to be strong? Start lifting weights. Even if only for a few reps.
Do you want to be happy? Find ways to celebrate and be joyful. Focus on the positive.
Do you want to be smaller? Eat smaller. Eat healthier, but especially eat smaller.
This is the basic message I need to tell myself every day. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about fitting someone else’s ideal. It’s about being the change I want to see – in me.