See My Heart, Not My Past
There is a phrase that I repeat over and over again all of the time because I truly believe that it is so important -- See my heart, not my past. The reason I believe this is so important and fundamental to changing in your life is because of how it affected me when I decided to change in my life. Once I decided I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, once I decided I had had enough, once I decided I was going to push myself to make real change in my life, there were a lot of people that did not believe in me. There will always be people in your life when you decide to change that will not believe your change. They will think that it is just for show. They will tell you that it is just like some kind of new year’s resolution that never lasts. The thing that these people always point to is your past. They will point to the problems you have had and the mistakes you have made and make it seem as if you can’t really ever change. They will probably convince themselves that you can’t change. They might even convince other people that you can’t change, but it is so important for you to not let them convince you that you can’t change, because you can.
For real change to occur, you have to make sure that your heart is in the right place. If your heart is in the right place then there will be nothing that can stop you from changing. For your heart to be in the right place for change you have to be fully committed to the change you want to make in your life. The thing is that change will not always be easy. There will always be struggles and hurdles that you will have to face and overcome and just making a choice won’t be enough. You will have to be committed because commitment will keep you from quitting even when things are tough. Commitment is acknowledging that change won’t always be fun. Sometimes it is just rough hard work, and that is it. But after all of that, if your heart is in the right place and you are fully committed to change, then your past will have nothing to do with what you are accomplishing now and what you will continue to accomplish in the future.
When people try to pull you down and glue you to your past it is because they can’t see your heart. Do not be discouraged by people who clearly don’t know anything about true change. A lot of these people try to bring you down because if you change in your life it will just remind them of the change that they feel they are unable to make. So they are trying to bring you into the cycle and you should not let them. Break the cycle. Make the change.
It all starts with you.