“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” - Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay
New Years Resolutions are a big deal to some people. To be honest with you… I think they are dumb. Sure, the New Year can bring fresh opportunities to grow, change and better yourself as a person… but so can the beginning of a New Day. Why wait for a new calendar year to work towards something that you want? Every morning we have a choice on the attitude we will carry, and the actions we will take.
As always, I was doing a lot of thinking about changes that need to be made in my life. Some are easy fixes, and some are rather daunting to think about. Nonetheless, they are things that I really want (and need) to focus on starting today.
While journaling a couple weeks ago, this idea of "FOUR A's" came to me (out of nowhere):
Admit: To yourself, and others that there is something in your life that you want to change. It may be a struggle or difficulty you are facing, a problem you are looking to overcome, or even an indulgence or addiction. Whatever it may be, let go of the denial and face your challenge.
Acknowledge: The factors that are playing into that "something". Are the factors internal, external, or maybe both? Whatever they may be, recognize and confront them with a strong mindset. You may not like what you uncover, but that is why you are confronting them in the first place!
Accept: That a REAL change needs to be made for the benefit of your well being, and that change needs to start RIGHT NOW! Not tomorrow, not next week, month, decade... RIGHT NOW! Accept that it might be difficult and uncomfortable… but it will be worth it in the long run.
Action: TAKE ACTION! Make a realistic plan and stick to it! How are you going to work towards becoming your BEST self? Do you have friends, family or other resources you can utilize? Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help along the way!
I'd like to think that these four simple words can serve as a tool to anyone who is looking to make changes- big or small- in their life. If you agree, I sincerely hope you take in the message, and USE IT however you see fit!
I'd love to hear how it works into your life <3