There are times in our lives when we do the same thing over and over and over again without seeing any progress and then for some reason we think that we’re still going to get a different result, a better result.
It’s important to realize that in order to get a different result you have to change what you’re doing. You have to change your pattern of behavior and your pattern of thinking.
You may have to learn something new, develop new skills, change your environment and your mindset and just make better choices.
I understand that it can be difficult to make the necessary changes that are required to see a lasting transformation, but the fact is the only way to see the positive changes that you desire in your life is to have a different plan of action.
If things aren’t working out how you want them to you’ll have to take a different path.
Change starts when you make a decision to go in a different direction and .
The distance between who you are now and who you want to be begins with a time of self-reflection and prayer to search within to discover what you need to change and then adjusting your mindset, actions and words accordingly.
I love this poem that I read many years ago called : An Autobiography In Five Short Chapters
“I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost… I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in the same place. But, it isn’t my fault. It still takes me a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in. It’s a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
“I walk down another street.”
By Portia Nelson
This poem is a perfect example of doing the same thing over and over again and being surprised about some of the circumstances in our lives; and it also reveals our first instinct to blame others instead of taking responsibility when things don’t turn out the way we would have wanted.
But, when our eyes are finally open and we are able to see clearly and take responsibility for our actions and our decisions; we become more aware that change maybe indeed necessary.
So my question is…
What chapter are you in? And is it time for you to go down another street?