“This is the way I’ve always done it!” “It was good enough for Mama n’ them, so it’s good enough for me!”
Let’s be clear. If you continue to do things the way you always have even in the face of realizing that you don’t always get the best results at the end of the day, you will get what you’ve always gotten. Settling for something rather than risking something in the search for getting something better will always be a formula for failure. It’s a set-up!
Change is difficult, uncomfortable and often risky. But change is inevitable and unless you are willing to engage in the process you will be left behind. Even though it’s easy to say, “Things are just the way they’ve always been,” it’s just not true. The world is changing and will continue to do so whether you want it to or not. Some things change for the better and others do not. So, it is a false assumption to say that ALL change is a good thing. Whether the change is good or bad, unless you engage in the process of life’s changes and transformations you will be left behind, or left out of making choices that will inevitably affect you and the way you live your life, including the quality of life that you live.
Choices, chances and changes come to each of us on a daily basis. What we do with them when they come our way often determines the quality of our life’s experiences but also can determine our level of success as we engage in life’s journey. For example if you never leave your hometown, your perspective on the world will be limited to the things you have always known, the places you’ve always been and the interactions with the people who have always been in your path. Perhaps your expectations and aspirations will be boxed in by the limited experiences of those around you and the things you have seen. Even the limitless power of dreams and visions become pigeon-holed by a lack of rising expectation because no one you’ve seen has ever dared to venture out beyond their own experiences.
Daring to dream big and to see beyond our own perceived limitations as human beings is why we can now travel on commercial airplanes. It is possible to travel across the globe within hours and step into lands and cultures beyond our own. We cannot only read about other peoples and cultures, we can experience them. Leaving home and the narrow perspectives of what we know within our individual comfort zones, even to travel to another community, city or state can change our perspectives and knowledge about one another instantaneously. The risk of taking that chance is a step towards broadening our knowledge about other people in other communities. Taking a chance to step out and beyond what we know will change us; that change can precipitate growth that could influence the choices that now begin to present themselves to us. The new choices that we are now able to see challenge us to take chances that we may have never even considered before.
Don’t set yourself up for failure by just settling for what you’ve always done before. Take a risk that could possibly change your entire life and the lives of all the people around you. Changes will give you choices and those choices could bring you the chance to fundamentally change your life.