“Every sustained change in a man’s life begins with a change of lifestyle”
Jacob had struggled all his life. Everything he had acquired involved some form of subterfuge. Again and again he conned his way to get what he wanted. The course of his life seemed to be controlled by his name; Trickster.
Could he truly escape from himself? He must have found himself in a vicious circle. Resolving at the start of each day to change his ways but breaking that same resolution before sun down.
“Can a leopard change its skin?”. And what did the world think of him? If he ever changed, would his society accept him, the new Jacob?
Like Jacob, these are a few things that keep us from making the changes we would like to see in our lives:
- Societal status; what the society thinks of us and calls us.
- No desire for change.
Jacob began his journey to greatness the day he decided to burn the bridges to his past and forge a path to a new future. He was determined to forget his societal status and move on.
It doesn’t matter what name your society has called you, neither does the self-imposed limitations matter. But what matters most is your level of commitment to what truly matters to you. That perfect body, that relationship, that career, breaking that habit, determination and the amount of sacrifice you are willing to make to see the change you want.
Nothing comes cheap. If making money was easy, we all would be millionaires and if getting fit were easy we all would have the perfect bodies! So it is time to get up and:
- Write that book you have been putting off for so long.
- Tell that person you love them.
- Make that call, send that email and if you prefer old fashioned communication, post that mail.
- Hit the gym.
- Learn that new skill.
- Learn that new language.
- Start that course.
Set priorities for the goals you want to achieve. Ideally, these should be goals that have some sort of motivation behind them. The greater the passion behind a decision, the more likely it is that it will succeed.
In John L. Mason’s ‘An enemy called average’ he recommends the ‘6×1=6’ principle. This means that you devote one hour a day, six days a week to do the thing that is important to you and you want to be good at. This easily, well after one year, equates to 312 hours!
It will take a lot of discipline to accomplish that but if you take it a day at a time, you will get there.
You can and you will, end of story!