We are beginning to settle back in to our routines. No more parties or social gatherings to look forward to. No more ridiculous television commercials featuring the Larry Culpepper caricature.
Most have taken down and put away seasonal decorations. Scrumptious candies and treats that were given by caring friends or grateful clients have long since been eaten or thrown out. The few that received fruit cakes have packed them away prepared for re-gifting during next year’s holiday season.
Time is now being spent stalking our friends and others through various social media platforms. Many are just trying to tough out a few months of cold and winter weather in hopes of making it to spring break.
A lot of us were excited about the New Year and ready to make needed changes - ready to sacrifice. Resolutions were made and goals were set. Some planned significant lifestyle changes; some just some minor “tweaks” to behavior or habits.
But comfort and laziness are commencing to take over again and contemplated changes are starting to get postponed a bit longer. Procrastinator’s logic rationalizing that spring should be a much better time to make changes. You know, change in season, warmer weather. Sound familiar?
I don’t think any meaningful lifestyle change can be casually considered or taken lightly. It requires thoughtful consideration, a commitment and, most likely, degrees of sacrifice. It requires accountability and challenge. But most of all it requires a mental relocation from the comfortable and familiar.
A little over seven years ago I resigned my position from a company I help start to make a living doing something different. The following year I lost 100 pounds and the year after that I wrote a book about the experience. All of this was completely out of my comfort zone. However, for me, needed changes were more important than being comfortable.
Whether you are looking to make a major transformation or some change that is seemingly minor - make yourself uncomfortable. There is no telling where it might lead you.