Suddenly, from some random, unknown universe, a magical being appears and offers you a wish. Not in the genie and fairy godmother way, but a way to change your life. This being, who goes by the name Bob, and looks remarkably like Bill Murray, gives you 15 minutes to think on it. “If you could change one thing about your life – what would it be?”
Think about this question for a minute. You can only change one thing. It can be anything you want, but only one thing. You have 15 minutes to decide.
As Bob stands there scratching his chin and tapping his foot, your mind rolls over all the things you wish were different. The time ticks away and you start to feel the pressure and the weight of your decision. What if it’s the wrong one? What if you think of something better after? Should it just be something for you, or something that has a larger effect?
“Ding,” says Bob “Time’s up! Have you made your decision?”
It’s now or never, what did you decide to change?
Chances are you did settle on something. Though this is just a weird little thought experiment, I’ll bet you felt some anxiety about your decision. So now that you have one thing you’d change, are you still comfortable with it? Is it still the one thing you would like to change?
So what’s stopping you? Wanting to change is easy, deciding to change is hard. Sure no magical Bob is here to change it for you, but you have something more powerful – intent and action. If you have the deliberate intent to change something and just take some small action, it will change. Then once you have momentum, it does get easier. The difference is you must rely on yourself, and those around you who are willing to help out.
So what’s it going to be? Are you going to give it a shot?