I had a tiny revelation today. When I tell you what it is I have a feeling you’ll think it’s pretty obvious and not exactly world-shaking but to me it had an impact. The more I think about it that might be the way it is with revelations. Most revelations are not that profound. They are usually simple truths that we’ve heard dozens of times. They don’t have any impact on you until one fateful day when that specific truth suddenly impacts your heart. It’s like a light bulb finally comes on in your soul.
For example, we’ve all heard that old saying, “what goes around comes around“. The point is that whatever you send out in the world will come back to you. If you send out love and forgiveness you will feel love and forgiveness from others. If you send out feelings of resentment and suspicion you will find other people resenting you and being suspicious about you. It’s not a ground-breaking truth. We all know it. Happy people attract other happy people. Grumpy people seems to have nothing but problems and are surrounded by people who don’t like them.
That truth can sit in your brain for years and not do you any good. However, once the light-bulb comes on and that truth comes alive in your heart you will see your life change. It will no longer be some cold, dry fact that you’ve stored away, it will become a rule to live by. Your eyes will suddenly be opened and you’ll see how your actions and attitude are effecting the quality of the relationships around you. Everything will make sense and you’ll be able to make the necessary changes to start sending out positive and loving actions instead of being miserable and wondering why nothing ever goes right for you.
Those kind of life changes only happen when a truth moves from your brain to your heart. I wish I knew how you could make that transition happen but I don’t. I can happen at any time as long as you’re open to it. I guess that’s part of the secret right there. You need to admit there are things in your life and character that need help. You can’t sit around feeling powerless and trapped and losing hope. You have to make the decision that there are things you can do to be a better person. You may have no idea how to become better or where to start but you’ve taken the first step by admitting to yourself you need to change and the answer is out there somewhere. That turns on a switch in your brain to start looking for the answers you need.
So, what it the tiny revelation I had? Remember, this is going to sound really obvious. I realized in order to make any positive change in my life I need to do something. Yeah, that’s it. I have to do something. I’m never going to make any progress in the humanity department unless I use some of my energy to do something. Change isn’t going to happen by sitting around waiting for something to happen. Change isn’t going to happen by just wishing for it. No one is going to show up at my door step and offer me to change me. Just reading a book or watching a personal development video is not going to have any impact on me unless I actually DO SOMETHING with the information.
I warned you! I told you it was obvious. Not very ground-breaking information is it? If you want anything to change in your life you have to actually do something. No one can do it for you. No one is going to come along and rescue you and make the changes for you. If you don’t do it no one else will. You are risking losing your whole life if you choose to sit around and wait for some magical event to suddenly change you. Believe me, it’s not worth the risk!
I recently read a book about how important making really small changes are. Instead of trying to make huge changes all at once like cutting out all sugar from your diet, working out every day or apologizing to everyone you’ve hurt in the last 20 years, start with really small changes. Try skipping sugar from one meal a day or even one meal a week. Start working out for 5 minutes every couple days. Make a list of the people you feel like you need to contact and call one a month. Make the steps really easy to start with and once you’ve made that little change try making another one after that. Keep the changes really small and easy to complete but make sure you are moving forward, even if it takes you a year to get where you want to go. The goal is a making tiny, consistent changes – with the emphasis on tiny. Just one little step at a time, that’s it.
That’s my revelation. I need to start somewhere and make a small change in my life. I haven’t figured out where I’m going to start but that’s really it’s irrelevant to you anyway. My change will most likely be completely different from what you want. It’s time to ask yourself what do you want to change and what tiny step can you take today to start moving in that direction? Remember, your only hope for changing and having a better life is YOU. You have to put in the time and do the work. No one can do it for you.
I invite you to join me in this challenge. It’s time to start doing something (or maybe for you it’s to stop doing something) and move toward becoming the person you know you’ve always been. Start small, make it easy to begin with and be consistent. I hope this becomes a revelation for you as well.