How many times have you started the process of growth? The process of working on bettering something about yourself. Only to stop the process. Not intentionally but just one day you didn’t do it anymore. You stopped going to the gym, stopped making your morning smoothie, or instead of choosing water as a beverage you exchanged it for a Pepsi and you really can’t recall when the last time you drank a glass of water. Your on the right path but suddenly you just weren’t anymore. I know I have done these very things many times. I figured I couldn’t be the only one that has started and stop, only to continue to give it try again.
I had to ask myself why I continued in the cycle of start and stop. I could have a great excuse and just say my work schedule interferes with my abilities to maintain a schedule of any sorts, so it is hard to continue a path of improvement. Which is completely not the case…. If I wanted to do something and truly wanted to continue to do it, I would make a way for me to do whatever it is. That excuse would never get to the core of the matter. It was comfortable for me to fall into my old habits. I was used to eating on the go and not prioritizing exercise.
Growth is outside of our comfort zone. When we stretch ourselves to do something that we are not used to doing it allows us to learn something new about ourselves. In all of the times that I have started a new eating regimen and fall back into my old ways of eating after a couple of weeks, I did not realize that the reason that I would stop after a couple of weeks was because I would not be prepared. I would start the month out cooking many good meals during the first week, the second week I am hit and missing but by the third week we have eaten fast food a few times in the week. It is because I realized that I need to go to the grocery more often than I had just to get the few that I use on the regular basis.
When I realized that was the issue, I was able to understand what I need to do to be successful on the new journey. I must always keep a running list of items to grab on my mid-week store run. And I have elected to use Kroger grocery pick up service for the big grocery day. But what really was a revelation for me was the fact that I need to cook with the items that I have in my home already. This will save me money and help with eating better.
After being sick and tired of the merry-go-round, I knew I had to do something different. I had to accept the fact I needed to remain out of my comfort zone and stick with the process. I realized that embracing the change would allow me the opportunity to look find areas that I could change in order for me to be successful. It was a time for me to review my daily routine and to find areas that I could improve by just making a simple adjustment. Not anything drastic but just something like planning when to grocery shop online and schedule pick up when I’m already out and about. Just that little bit of adjustment in my day allowed the opportunity for me to be prepared for the days and weeks to come which really helps in the long run.
Having the opportunity to embrace the process of growth will allow the chance to be intentional about the transformation that is taking place. Embracing the change allows for order, time management, and improving organization skills. It is an opportunity to take ownership over your life and the process of growth. Growth is a part of living…embrace it!

Embrace the growth that is happening in the life of the most important person in your life…YOU!

~Vernice Mechel

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