Over the last few weeks, I have gone through my 7 steps to preparing for a major life change. I have confronted my smoking excuses, and got myself to the point where I was ready to quit. However, today, I started once again having to face my own obstacles to change, and it motivated me to share some of my thoughts.
But first, let me tell you what happened to get me thinking today…
Now, I have been here before, and it seems like life has a way of pounding me at inappropriate times. SO, today was my quit date. I set it several weeks ago, and worked hard to get myself ready for today. But, evidently someone has a big sense of humor.
I get up this morning, a little testy already, but doing okay. Made Breakfast for the kiddo, and got ready to take my girlfriend to work. On the way to drop her off, we got rear ended!
Not a great way to start off the day.
(Why is it that every time I try to quit smoking, things go wrong right when I quit? This is the 5th time I have tried to quit, and something MAJOR happened every time right when I quit.)
I hope to answer this question through this post, but that question was what motivated me to change my way of thinking about challenges today!
So, then we have to go to the ER and get all checked out, then we got to go home. Actually, all in all it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. We were home within 2 hours of the wreck. The Dr. gave my Girlfriend some pain medicine, but that was about it.
(sometimes you can wait that long just to get seen in the ER)
Now, she is off for the weekend; Not only is she dealing with her pain from the wreck, but she also has to put up with me as I quit smoking and go through withdrawal. poor girl. Seems like she sometimes has it rough.
Facing Obstacles to Change
I have been thinking about all this a bit today, and I have a different idea of this.
Every time I have tried to quit smoking, something major happens within the first few days. Often, several things hit all at once.
I have often contemplated that it was the universe telling me not to quit (don’t we use some really lame excuses to hold on to bad habits?) , but this time I am looking at it a bit differently.
This time, I am thinking of it more as a test of my resolve to see it through.
Think about this…
If you can push through the hardest times, during the most difficult stage of recovery ( the first 3 days is always the hardest, because you are fighting the physical addiction plus the mental one…) you can make it through whatever lies in your path in the future. You can use the early battle as an excuse to keep in the habit, or as an obstacle overcome later on to lend you strength in facing other obstacles in your life.
What kind of Obstacles Get In Your Way?
What kind of obstacles are in your way to change? is it the obstacles that really stop you from succeeding, or is it how you look at them? a simple shift in perspective will help you find new ways to overcome obstacles, whether it is in quitting a bad habit, or spending more productive time in your business, or to whatever change you want in your life.
Share your thoughts and how pushing through obstacles helps you to create the changes you want in your life.