Changes That Increase Your Enthusiasm For Life. How do you live a meaningful life every day? If you’re enthusiastic about life regardless of where you are externally, you will have passion for living happy. If you’ve lost that passion maybe it’s time for change!
How do you know if you are ready for change? When you’ve had enough misery or boredom. Or when circumstances dictate to you. Or when you allow God to direct your steps. Or when you realize that you have so much left on your bucket list.
When that truth crystallizes in your brain you’re ready.
So how do you go about changing?
Do something towards making a change even it’s only in your thought life. That’s where it starts anyway. Then ask for help. Get rid of emotional weeds such as frustration, anger, and resentments. (You may need help with some of these.) And stop making excuses.
Be aware how brain health reflects on our happiness. Mental exhaustion can negatively impact success in life. Click on this article about improving brain fitness.
If you constantly complain and feel overwhelmed, think about what would it be like if you stopped complaining . Perhaps you wouldn’t have anything to talk about! Or your overall health could improve. Along with physical health comes brain well-being if you let go of stress.
Do something that you’ve never done before.
Physical pain (emotional suffering also) should alert you to find out what is causing it. Go to a doctor if the pain continues. Acknowledge the diagnosis.
A while ago I walked into the doctor’s office. I was told that my gardening days were over. This didn’t rattle me, but when I could no longer twist my body to hit the golf ball, I was devastated. That’s when I began to change my thinking about my body. I really was having physical issues! No choice but to accept it.
Change the self-talk.
If you continue with negative self-talk and life continues in the same path, don’t be surprised if nothing changes. You plan to make changes some day, but will that day come? Start with one idea and stick to that for a few weeks. Little steps will become the foundation for change. The experts say that it takes 21 days to change a habit. This could work when changing habits about exercise or healthy eating.
Process of change.
I had to do something differently or my body would get worse and worse. Fearful thoughts raced in my mind. But I had to submit so I made a choice to get surgery to relieve the constant pain and to walk again. Change brings discomfort. But it’s worth it.
Writing this blog a few days before the surgery excites me because I can think of the future with confidence. New opportunities await for me. I can live life with enthusiasm again. And with a titanium hip!
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Setting boundaries for our own happiness.
Sometimes we allow others to dictate how we feel about ourselves. Allowing others to overstep boundaries by constant demands of our time, energy and finances can take a toll on your emotional health. Learn to say no. Fear that someone won’t love you if you don’t respond to their needs above your own. Change that thought!
Lasting change takes time. Don’t fast track.
Whether change is your own choice or not, it brings growth. When you fall into trials you will come out stronger if you keep the right perspective. You can even rejoice in them. Changes can increase your enthusiasm for life.
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. James 1:204 MSG
What about you? What changes are you struggling with? Would love to hear if you’ve had hip or knee surgery?