Three Things That Elicit Change
Updated: Dec 18, 2019
I was exchanging messages today with an old friend who just had twins. He said something that struck me right in the heart.
"What a life changer, taking care of babies that are your own."
I don't have twins of my own, but I do have twin sisters, and I've heard stories. I can only imagine the amount of care and support required to raise two infants at the same time.
That being said, there can't be many things more life changing than taking care of babies that are your own. It certainly changed my life, and I'm more certain that it will continue to change my life until I expire.
A couple of months ago, I had a conversation with another buddy, and he said something that I liked so much that I took notes. This isn't the direct quote. I took what he said and made a couple of additions.
There are three things that elicit change: love, money, and health. Those three things provide the motive and reinforcement behind the decision to change behavioral patterns and establish new and more productive habits.
I'm sure there are a handful of people out there who have made changes for other reasons, but I think that those three factors cover just about everything.
Motivating factors like love, money, and health can be major catalysts to inspire change, swift kicks in the pants, if you will; however, change also requires a certain amount of humility to admit that there is a better way. Sustainable success, no matter the discipline, depends on the ability to adapt and adjust. It is hard already, and it becomes even harder when ego gets in the way. Everything changes, it's a fact of life. Sometimes people are simply too stubborn to change. Those people get left behind, stuck in the mud, figuring out what went wrong.
Change isn't easy. Becoming a better version of yourself daily isn't easy. Being disciplined enough to follow through once the motivation begins to wane, and it will, isn't easy. But it's worth it.
My promise to my wife, my children, and everybody else who cares to listen is that I will strive each day to become a better man, which means change is inevitable.
More often than not, change also requires support. While I am no expert on the subject, if you need it, I'm more than happy to provide support in any way that I can. Don't hesitate to reach out.
Impact. Encourage. Inspire.