Sometimes You Just Have to Surrender!

 
Ever feel like you’re standing at a crossroads, knowing you need to change but resisting the thought of it? 🤔
 
I love good food. My morning coffee with homemade banana or pumpkin bread, a glass of wine once a week, a nice pasta dish with crusty bread, a juicy piece of meat, some popcorn in front of the TV, and a sweet dessert after dinner. 🍰 
 
Sounds delightful, right? What could possibly go wrong?
 
Well, it stops being delightful when a visit to the doctor reveals that my cholesterol and sugar levels are too high. 😲
 
“What, me?” I exclaimed, shocked and surprised. After all, I looked ok..It was a hard pill to swallow—no pun intended! 💊
 
Why was I so surprised? A closer look at my diet, minus the rosy glasses of “it’s just one muffin, one bag of popcorn, etc.,” made me realize the reality of my situation. The future wasn’t looking too good health-wise! 🚫
 
I found myself at a crossroads. 🛤️
 
I needed to change—not who I am, but where I am. 
 
What about you? Whether it’s food or other bad habits, when you start to see the consequences of your actions, what do you do? 🤷‍♂️
 
When reality shows itself in a way you can no longer avoid, what do you do? 
Do you keep doing what you’re used to, hoping things will miraculously change? 
That’s like keeping your hand on a hot stove, hoping you won’t get burnt. It’s wishful thinking because our choices always catch up with us. 🔥
 
Unfortunately, wishful thinking isn’t reality. It’s also a bad strategy. ❌
 
So surrender. See reality as it is, not as you wish it to be. 
 
We are always invited to change. Sometimes the change is on the outside, sometimes it’s on the inside. And when we stick to the change, in the long run, it will reflect on the outside. 
 
Here’s a little bleak reality: Most transformations fail. 
And there are three main reasons:
  1. Old habits die hard. Our brains crave organization and predictability. Do something for a long time and your brain resists change. 🧠
  2. Lack of a clear end goal. Without a strong vision and desire pushing us forward, we tend to quit. 🎯
  3. Current mindset. Many of us approach change kicking and screaming. It’s not helpful. Operating more from the right side of our brain opens us to curiosity and innovation, leading to more success. 
So, what do you need to surrender to? Notice I didn’t say want to surrender. No one wants to surrender. Ever. Yet we have to because, in the long run, it will serve us well! 
 
Here are two action items to help you start this journey:
  1. Reflect and Set Clear Goals: Take some quiet time this week to reflect on what specific changes you need to make. Write down clear, achievable goals. For example, “I will replace my evening dessert with a piece of fruit,” or “I will walk for 30 minutes every day.” 🖊️
  2. Find an Accountability Partner: Share your goals with a friend or family member who can support and encourage you. Having someone to check in with regularly can keep you motivated and on track. 👥
Surrender to positive change. Your future self will thank you! 🙌
 

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Be Yourself, Be Positive, Be the Champion you want to se