It's likely that many of us want to transform some facet of our lives. After all, the main task of existence is to expand and expansion entails change and transformation. To exist is to strive, to inch further along the path of self-actualization. This journey of self-actualization is one that will never cease to be so long as we continue to inhale and exhale.
That being said, transformation requires audacity. Whether the goal is to quit sugar, write a book, or run a marathon, embarking on the path ahead can seem to be an intimidating task. When we get ahead of ourselves, self doubt begins to creep in. We may worry about what could go wrong and wonder how we will pull it all off.
The good news is that it isn't necessary to plan so far ahead--there is no need to tackle the hows and the what ifs if we are rooted in our personal whys. If we not only know, but can feel in our bones the why behind a goal, it is already ours. The only thing we need to do from there is to break things down into digestible chunks and take it day by day, moment by moment.
Saying that you are going to quit sugar forever can feel daunting. The idea of sticking with anything forever is loaded with expectation and fear. However, opting to bypass the cheesecake at the end of dinner just for today feels doable. The more attainable success feels, the more hopeful we will feel while pursuing a goal.
As time goes on, the days add up and we begin to build track records of success. Days turn into months which turn into years spent moving in the direction of our goals. If we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of our goals, it's a good time to take a step back. Instead of focusing on, for instance, running a marathon, writing a book, or quitting sugar, let's run a mile, write a page, or skip dessert, not forever, but just for today. Ultimately, the person who will rise up to the task at hand will be a wiser, stronger and utterly capable version of ourselves, because they will have been incrementally working towards this one day at a time.
Conscious Ink Staffer
Amanda Brown is a wellness blogger and a member of the Conscious Ink Team at our home office in Bend, OR. She is passionate about helping people find peace with where they are at while pursuing their best, most fulfilling lives. For more of her work, you can head over to her blog at www.liminalwellness.com.