Ready to turn over a new leaf? 4 truths about changing for the better
I realize I have strengths. Just like I have weaknesses. But the other day, I was frustrated. I wanted to be better. I wanted to change. When it came to my issues with participating and socializing, it was time to turn over a new leaf. And this girl’s night was the perfect place to start. But change… it’s just not easy. Change within ourselves? Sheesh, that’s even harder!
So I spent all day finding my courage and mentally preparing myself to step out of my comfort zone. I wish I could say that when 6:00 rolled around, I bravely walked out the door and embraced this positive step forward. But I didn’t. When the moment of truth came, I totally hesitated and started fumbling for excuses. Same old, same old. Then came my oh-so-insightful husband’s response, “Well, are you going to turn over a new leaf? or are you going to stay cuddled under the leaf?” Wow!
I thought I liked being safe and warm, “cuddled under the leaf” like Matt had pointed out, but I miraculously made it to that girl’s night and man, it felt good! I made some new friends; I came home feeling energized and happy; and I felt stronger for doing something that was hard. It left me feeling ready and excited to push myself (not too much, but enough) to make changes for the better.
And I couldn’t be more grateful for family and friends who love me enough to push me to be my best self. Lessons learned when it comes to forming a new habit, making a change for the better, or doing something that’s out of your comfort zone: