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Friday, January 1, 2010

What Will It Take for There to Be a New You in 2010?

Does there need to be a new you? Are there things about yourself that you would like to change? There is no better time than the beginning of the year to begin your transformation. The beginning of the year and of the decade is a great time to mark the beginning of your transformation. So, what will it take for you to get there?

First, you have to decide what you can change. Is there anyone else that you know of have heard of that has changed what you would like to change. If they have done so, you can too. You can learn how they made their transformation but, be careful, you are not them. You may have a different reaction to the same things they have done.

Second, you need a plan. You cannot simply say that I will change and then have no plan to change. For example, if you decide that you will be fastidious around your computer. You can have a plan that each day you will clean the area around the computer thoroughly before going home for the day. You will have become meticulously clean if you just follow the plan. This goes true for losing weight, saving money and assuring your spouse that he or she is loved. A plan will help you get there.

Third, you need to commit yourself to the goal. That means you will follow this plan without deviation unless providentially hindered. The lack of commitment will be seen if you deviate from your plan merely because of a preference to do something else. Sticking with the plan is taking each day as it comes. Transformation takes commitment in increments of time. Continuing to be successful is tying these increments of committed time together.

Fourth, you need a means of measurement. You can use a calendar, a scale, count your heart rate, etc. If you are doing something like keeping the area clean around your computer you can put an "X" on each day you clean around it. Losing weight means you use a scale. Getting in shape can be measured by resting heart rate or how far or how long you can do a certain exercise. Writing down your accomplishment will be a motivation and keep you on track. I decided that I would become a blogger last year. I haven't missed a day since March 19, 2009. This was my measuring stick.

Fifth, you must see failure times as opportunities to get back up. We all fall down as some time. We can choose to lay on the floor and give up or get up and get back to where we would like to be. Get up; begin all over again. Think of it as just a new start rather than a failure.

It would help if you have an accountability partner. You may be able to motivate yourself without any other interaction but I have found that declaring that I am doing something will help me do it. I have found that reporting it on a regular basis helps me do so too.

Lastly, pray a lot. There is no reason that you should do this with your own strength alone. God is always ready to help us become something better with Him than apart from Him.

God bless you as you become a new you.

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