It is a fact of life that a year changes you a lot. You are not the same person you were a year ago. Seasons change, people change. Things such as passions, life purpose, dreams, and beliefs transform themselves into either something more powerful or different over time. Your desires alter your path.
Why are changes so significant? How can you see if you are on the right path? Why is it a good thing to change course at times? Should you take time to reflect?
I believed that everyone needs to take time for reflection and make appropriate changes. But then again, it is only over an extended period that you can see if you made any difference. The reason is that days and weeks follow one another and blur together with the routine and flow of your life.
During the stage of a year, whatever the changes, big or small, you are molding yourself into something different than you were before. Some of your tastes in foods, music, ideas, beliefs and even thoughts are going through a process of change.
Let Changes Mold You
Yet the more you allow yourself to be who you are, the more success will come. If you are not doing what your soul is screaming out for, you are wasting precious time. The desire to transform is what gets you started. And it grows only as much as your extents to make the necessary changes, no matter if you might find yourself in the unknown.
So, any distance between your dreams and reality is what is called 'action.' The secret to success is to modify the road you are on when it becomes necessary. And then make at least one small thing each day to further your dream into reality. You have to discover a daily routine where you can insert or add the steps you need.
“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
Changes Are Part of Life
Persistence and determination are what helps you build momentum. Yet, then comes, a huge curve where you have no choice but to make changes. While at the same time, you have to keep going on the path which takes you up a steep hill. And yes, at times, it means you have to let go of less important things.
During the phase of a year, you may learn to do some things differently. I am sure that you have a great desire in achieving your dreams. But the problem is that many times, intentions are not what will take you there. The only way is to make some changes to bring your dreams into reality.
And believe it or not, the things that are currently happening in your life, is a reflection of your past choices. You have to take time to reflect, release and let go of what no longer serves you. All of the people in your life, your work, your relationship, or your belongings are a result of a choice or changes you made. It was once something you desired, needed, or wanted to have.
Right Changes Are Hard
“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” – Antisthenes
For years I changed work, going from one job to another, making changes, thinking that my purpose in life would come. I even walked away from things where I was on the right path, which I didn’t realize until not so long ago. I kept pushing my dreams away because I believed I was not ready.
Who knows? Maybe I was afraid to follow the course of my life’s purpose I knew I had the talent for certain things and always felt I was destined to do great things. But now I realize that putting off stuff until later was not my best decision and way of action. So far, I lived a great life, but I lost precious time in the process.
Follow the Voice in Your Heart
The only way to succeed and be happy is to follow what your soul screams at you from deep within, and what the voice in your heart tells you to do. If I can give you only one advice, it is to listen to the screaming expression of your heart.
Since I follow my heart’s purpose, I am going through massive changes, but things are finally falling into place. And yes, it takes time to go from being a beginner to a master, but if you are anything like me, and you keep putting yourself into action, going all in, you can make it.
“There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee
Changes and the Unknown
Do not let fear or doubt create limitations in your life. Every circumstance that happens to you can be transformed into something of value. The only real way to grow is by making changes. Now you might also fear success as you approach it, but learn how to deal with it.
Things in your life will undoubtedly shift and change. You may not like some of those changes, and you cannot see how your life is going to unfold but what choice do you have? It takes energy to both avoid changes and to make them.
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek.” – Joseph Campbell
A Year Changes You A Lot
There are times in your existence when there is no other choice but to go for it. Your compass might point in only one direction, the path of changes. Yet, you are afraid to enter the cave, because you do not know what you will find in there.
Therefore, it leaves you with two choices: make more excuses and forget, or go for it and own who you are. And yes, a year changes you a lot but to get even closer to what you desire, the time is now. If not now, then when? When there is no more time left?
If it can help, focus on the good that your life will gain. Challenge yourself, break open, follow your heart, uplift yourself and grow beyond what you thought impossible. Do not play small; it is your life. Let today be the day to make changes, realize your dreams of a better life; let it be the day you act upon it. And a year from now, you will be grateful you did.
Sergei VanBellinghen, Founder & CEO of First-Class Lifestyle, currently a Personal Growth & Success Expert, using self-development techniques to help you succeed and have a better life. Visit my website at sergeivanbellinghen.com