I was catching up with a friend this weekend and the discussion touched on the idea of acceptance. We all have things in our lives that we know we don’t want anymore, but for whatever reason, we choose not to do anything about them. We have consciously or unconsciously chosen to accept something that we have deemed unacceptable.
The reality is that nothing will change until we are ready, willing and able to do something about it. Whether it’s a toxic relationship, poor eating habits or anything else – no one can make the change for us, we have to do it for ourselves. It’s the same for others. We often think that we’ll be happier if someone else changes, but that isn’t going to happen because we want it to. It will only happen if that other person sees the need to make a change.
We often accept things in our lives that we know we don’t want because we are comfortable. It’s that whole better the devil you know mentality that leaves us thinking that we don’t have a choice to do better. The truth is that we always have a choice; we just have to find the courage to step into the unknown and believe that things can and will get better.
As you start to think about your goals for 2017 ask yourself what you will no longer accept for yourself in the upcoming year. What do you want to do differently next year? What boundaries do you need to establish so that you can focus on what’s important to you? What attitudes are no longer acceptable for you to hold onto so that you can take your life to the next level?
It’s not always easy to release the unacceptable from our lives, but it’s always worth it. Sometimes we have spent so much time living with the unacceptable it feels like home. If you’ve ever moved, you know that leaving your old house isn’t always easy, but in time you find your new home a wonderful place to be. It’s the same with letting go of what you know and embracing something different, something that’s going to help you get closer to living the life that you want.
It’s never too late to make significant changes in your life. Your goals are always possible. You simply have to be willing to let go of what no longer serves you so that you can embrace all that you truly want and deserve! What unacceptable things will you release before the end of the year?