There are areas in my life that I am not happy about… But I’m a woman- I’m sure most woman feel the same. For me it is- how I look, how I parent, my spiritual life, things I do and say, my lack of time to do the things that I want to do….
But change all begins with me. I sit in the driver’s seat. I will not move anywhere unless I turn the engine on and put the car into gear. My children as toddlers, love to sit in the car and pretend to be driving, but they remain in the driveway, not moving. Their imagination is taking them places, but they are still in the same place. Likewise, I can have wonderful thoughts and intentions about what I want to change, but until I start driving, nothing is going to change.
“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe
in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.”
– Robert Collier
To start I need to have a destination of where I am going and how I’m going. By visualising what I want, makes it more concrete, more tangible. So if I want to improve my walk with God, lose weight or be more attentive to what people are saying, I need to have an idea of what that means. I will need to plan my route, know the direction that I am heading (eg: plan in a regular Bible Reading time and prayer time, plan a regular exercise slot etc) and get moving.
The get moving part is the challenging part. That’s where self-discipline comes into play. It takes discipline to get up in the morning and read the Bible after a disturbed toddler filled night, when sleep is SO tempting. It takes discipline to resist the electronic entertainment and to get exercising but I am in the driver’s seat.
There will be traffic jams, detours and days where I will be ‘off route’ and so need to recalculate about how I can get back ‘on route’. But by recalculating the route, following the directions and keeping on the journey, will enable me to arrive at my destination.
After all, I am in the drivers seat.