The ability to move forward is limited by our beliefs. Thinking back to the changes I’ve had to make over the last decade plus, it is these beliefs that have allowed me to make changes when necessary, to act instead of stagnate. I believe I’m put here to learn from whatever I encounter, and to move forward.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t found myself stuck more often than I’d like for longer than I like. These beliefs serve as reminders for me, even when I’m feeling my worst. Sometimes it’s hard to hang onto them, but I hold tight. I keep moving forward because of these five beliefs.
1 . There’s always a choice – We often find ourselves in situations that leave us feeling trapped as if we have no choice in the situation. But, there’s always a choice. That choice may be to do nothing, to wait and see, or it may be to take action. If the choice is action, there may be many options within that choice. But, often we only see one option in front of us and we choose it out of fear, instead of taking time to stop, meditate, and consider all the options that may be available to us.
2 . Hiding from the problem isn’t the answer – Even though we know it won’t happen, it’s easy to believe that if we just ignore a problem long enough it will sort itself out. Rarely does that happen. More often, hiding only makes the problem worse. The best thing we can do is face the problem head on. The sooner we deal with it, the sooner it’s no longer a problem.It's impossible to work through a problem when you are hiding from it. Face the problem, go around it, plow through it, do what you have to do. Click To Tweet
3 . You can’t control everything – When you live with chronic illness, it often feels like everything is out of control. You feel that you can’t control your health, so you focus on controlling everything else, just to feel like you have some control. But, in the end, we spin our wheels trying to control the wrong things. Even when living with chronic illness there is a lot we can control about our health, starting with our choices. We can choose to eat healthier and make healthier choices that can result in feeling better.
4 . Nothing is guaranteed – Even as we seek to make healthier choices in hopes of a better outcome, there are no guarantees. But, we have to decide if the risks we choose to take and the choices we make are worth the potential outcome. I think back to when I chose to drastically change my diet. It was a huge change, but it was something I could control. The worst case was that it didn’t make me feel better. But, I felt it was a change worth making because there was a possibility that I could feel better for it. And, I did.There are no guarantees in life. You just have to ask yourself, if the potential outcome is worth the effort. #moveforward Click To Tweet
5 . Things will never be perfect – You can spend your life thinking about what you’d like to do, but in the end, only actions matter. You’ve got to take that first step. Often, we get hung up on wanting everything to be perfect. We get hung up on one little detail that really doesn’t matter. However, if we want change, we have to stop waiting for the perfect time and just take the first step. It’s OK to figure things out as you go.
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