Everyone Wanted Change

Everyone wanted change but.... is anyone willing to change?
Today was election day, and as I write, many polls are stilling open. Both candidates and parties promised change. Ok, people voted for change, that is good... now get with it!
I bet the majority of people will still complain after four years that America is no better and that the government is not doing enough. They will complain about the economy, that healthcare is too expensive, their employer does not pay them enough, etc. Many will blame everyone else for their life situation.
Real Change Begins with You
To change anything, a person must first begin with themselves. Today's society wants everything or everyone to change, but they are not willing to change themselves first. However you placed your vote, you owe it to yourself, your family, your employer, your country to change!
To improve this country we all must change. If you are not giving your best, the time to begin is now. If you are giving your best, then continue which includes: continual education, setting goals, challenging your attitudes and assumptions, learning new perspectives and not resting on the status quo.
Check Up
Are you giving your best to your family regardless of how you feel? The change we need is for people to give their best to their: health, spouse, family, neighbor, employer, church, or to our country REGARDLESS of how you feel. What you give is a choice, YOUR choice!
We have based our performance on how we feel and expect others to adjust to our feelings. Too many have used their feelings of being down or oppressed as a reason to portray themselves as victims. "It's the other guy's fault."
Status Quo is the Problem
If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the status quo which is the problem. The moment you think you have arrived, you become part of the status quo and actually start declining. Our problems exist because too many people have said it is someone else's problem or that they can do nothing about the moral decline of our country. Too many have become complacent or lazy in making a difference.
Changing from the Inside Out
To change what's happening outside, in the world around you, you must first change what is happening inside you. You must change your attitude, how you think, how you talk to yourself and to others. In reality, you can never change someone else, only yourself. As Zig Ziglar says many need a "check up from the neck up." Zig aptly states that "You change what you are and where you are in life by changing what goes into your mind." The book of Proverbs talks about the attitude of the heart is the root of all thought and action. "As a man thinks, so he acts."
Assess Your Life for Change
Start assessing your life and your attitude. Ask yourself why you voted the way you did. Were you expecting someone else to deliver the "goods" for you? Once you start changing your thinking, your actions will begin to change. Begin at home by thinking and being the best spouse and parent you can be. Get involved in someone else's life that needs a friend.
In your family, turn off the TV, eat together; pray together; go visit a neighbor, a nursing home or volunteer somewhere. You being a good example CAN cause others to change. Work to ensure that your employer does not have to lay you off. Take personal responsibility for your employer's success (that's job security!). Encourage your co-workers to do the same. Instead of hunkering down in tough times, work harder, drive toward success. That attitude is a much better approach than preparing for the worst. That attitude will be a competitive advantage.
As an employer, are you working on your business or just working in your business? I am talking about pursuing excellence, building a better company, building better employees, changing from being just a manager to being a true leader. A leader casts a better vision, a better future and encourages others to join them. In a tough economy, a business owner who just "wings" it will not survive. In a crisis mode, one must plan, goal set, analyze your competitors and take time to evaluate how you run the company. Change requires you to work toward the future, not just "in" today.
Steven Covey writes about the difference between successful managers and leaders versus the "stressed out." Successful ones are those that spend time planning, working toward the future versus just going from one crisis to another. Successful leaders are values driven and make decisions based upon those values. People just getting by make decisions based upon the urgency, typically someone else's urgency. They make excuses saying "I'm too busy to plan, improve the business, invest in my employees, etc." They are mired in the mud of daily existence.
Real change is stepping back and evaluating how you live your life in: family, work, financially, spiritually, socially, mentally and with your entertainment. Real change focuses first on you building a better you.
Real Change
Real change is hard but well worth it. Don't give up if you don't succeed at first. Remember that failure is an event, not a person. Failure is an event, not a destination. Work hard each day on your attitude, how you talk to yourself, what you read (are you reading at all?) Remember that change is a journey, not a destination. In life, we all should be continually improving until we die. Change will be hard but don't give up. You can do this!!! Don't quit.
Go out and change America by changing you!
1) The first step to change is acknowledgement. 'I need to change a particular attitude. You can't change a behavior until you change the attitude. Behavior will follow.
2) If your attitude has caused you or others problems, it is natural to have grief.
3) Grief should lead to repentance - the desire to change and the beginning of change. This may require you to go and ask forgiveness for your attitude and actions by specifically asking "Will you forgive me for....?" This is not just "I'm sorry." If a person does not forgive you, it does not matter for you have sought forgiveness (unless you are insincere.)
4) Now believe - believe you can change and that you are forgiven. If you are in Christ, you are totally forgiven, the slate is wiped clean.
Psalm 103:8-12 "The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him."
In believing, fill your mind with God's promises of forgiveness. Acts 13:38, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14
5) Work - now you must act on your repentance and in your belief. Repentance and belief is worthless without action.

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