Change Happens In An Instant, and This is That Instant

It’s almost hard to believe that we’ve been at home for nearly two months.

In that time, I’ve had dozens of conversations with individuals ranging from bartenders to CEOs of companies and individuals directly and indirectly impacted by the pandemic. 

I noticed a theme throughout each of the conversations. 

Each person has been able to start (or stop) doing something in their life that proven to be meaningful. 

I was recently catching up with a dear friend and business owner. They shared the slowdown of the pandemic created a series of opportunities for them to enjoy things like not checking their work email first thing in the morning, yoga, and daily meditation practice. Moments later, they shared how those items might not be sustainable once the stay at home order went away. 

His words resonated deeply with me because while I have been a life-long goal-setter and go-getter, change has always shown up with a lot of resistance – when it’s something I do for myself. 

My rationalization was (and sometimes still is) that maintaining a habit, belief, or behavior takes time and effort and that I don’t always have the luxury of that, especially when there’s a team, department, or company to lead. 

And while that is not untrue, it’s simply not accurate. 

If I shared with you a shortcut that allowed you to get to work in 1/2 the time, how long would you need to take that new route before adopting the new habit? 

Tony Robbins jokes, “how many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but it’s expensive and takes a long time.” He believes our past is inconsequential. So do I. 

I add that in a single moment, we can choose to change the course and meaning of our life entirely as we live in a non-linear and relative world.

That change only takes an instant, and that is instant is now. 

What thoughts/beliefs/behaviors did you pick up that you want to keep or what thoughts/beliefs/behaviors have you put down that you want to leave in the ‘old normal’?

If there is one that jumped out to you, that would mean everything, but you aren’t acting on it – ask yourself whether your motivation is moving you towards a vision of what you want or whether it’s moving you away from something you want to avoid. 

The choice is yours. The time is now. What will you choose?

If this sparks anything for you, I would love to know!

“Sometimes, it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.” ~Keri Russell