The New Year prompts many to make resolutions. Others might want to do things differently, but they aren't willing to alter their behaviors just yet.
I had a talk with one my pastors recently about change, and he had an interesting take.
Frank said change is a process that requires daily discipline. But first we must make the change. Too many of us have a Little Orphan Annie view, forever thinking about tomorrow. "I'll stop (insert behavior)... tomorrow," or "I'll lose that weight...tomorrow."
The trouble is, as the famous song goes, "tomorrow is...a day away."
I believe Frank is on to something. Waiting around for that seemingly elusive "tomorrow" can be a cop-out. Real, lasting change begins today.
Are there things in my life I want to change? Plenty. Will I make any progress if I keep on procrastinating? Nope.
If I want to let go of one habit or embrace another, today is my strongest ally.
One of my goals for the New Year is to do more plotting before I begin a story. With that in mind, I took action--today! I pulled out my index cards, determined to fill them with ideas. I Skyped with my daughter, and we brainstormed. The result: a new story is taking shape.
What changes do you want to make this year? Which of them will you make today?