Overcome Indifference and Make Positive Changes – Part 1

When I think of the word “indifference”, many ideas, words and phrases come to mind.

Here are a few other words that come to mind – unfocused, distracted, apathetic, passive, and disinterested.

It’s easy to drift in life and accept the status quo.  It’s even easier to buy into the belief that personal development and improvement is too difficult.

If you ever struggle with anxiety, depression, or stress, it’s tempting to think that “things will never change.  I can never change.”

Today’s post is part one of two.  I’d like to provide four ideas today that will encourage you to make positive changes in your own life.

If you choose to believe that you can develop positive habits, you are well on your way to making a positive difference in your life.

However, if you choose to believe that you can “never change,” it will act as a type of self-fulfilling prophecy.  When you choose to believe this myth, your life, unfortunately, will stay the same.

My hope is that you will make the better choice of the two I have just mentioned.

Discover a Meaningful Purpose for Your Life

If you feel like you are “drifting through life” and are feeling aimless, without direction, and bored, chances are that you haven’t developed or defined your major purpose in life.

A few years ago, I purchased an excellent book called “Success Principles.” It was written by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer.  Their second principle (and chapter) is called “Be Clear Why You’re Here.”

I still have the receipt from this book- as it makes a good bookmark.  The date of purchase is still visible on the receipt.

When I bought this book, I was going through some big challenges in my life. It was (and is) encouraging for me to read and review.  It’s valuable, inspiring, and very informative.

With their second principle, I was able to come up with a purpose statement for this blog and online business:

My purpose is to use my creativity and love of learning in business and personal development areas of life to encourage and inspire others to reach their potential in living a life of purpose, joy, and freedom.

Are you clear about why you’re here?  You are here for a special and unique purpose.

Having a meaningful purpose will get you up in the morning.  It will keep you motivated and inspired.

I’d like to encourage you to find and discover your purpose.

Develop a Compelling or Rewarding Goal or Two for Your Life

It’s true that you would want some major goals for all areas of your life.

At this point, though, if you are lacking direction and feeling aimless, it’s not only valuable, but crucial to have one or two major goals.

What do you want to achieve in your life?

What would be your major or primary goal?  What would be your reward for achieving this goal?

I’d like to encourage you to write it down.  Here’s a great advice quote from Brian Tracy on the importance of writing down your goals:

Goals that are not in writing are merely wishes or fantasies.

Without a compelling or rewarding goal, what type of direction would you expect to have in your life?

You would likely have little direction or purpose in your life. In this scenario, it’s easy to give in to despair, boredom, and a lack of focus or meaning in life.

Years ago, I wish I had written down my major goals.  Today I know that I would have been much further ahead in many areas in my life if I had.

We all learn from experience.  My hope is that you will take action on this valuable piece of advice from Brian Tracy.

Recognize that Your Life and Your Health is a Gift

I have begun to recognize many things through trial and error.

One of the blessings I have taken for granted is life itself – and my physical health.

Have you ever taken your health and life itself for granted?

If you have, take a few moments each day to think about your daily blessings.

Yesterday, I ran across a gratitude list I had written.  I was glad that I reviewed it because it was a great reminder to me that I do have things in my life that I can be thankful for.

You have likely had your own share of joys and sorrows in life.  Despite your current challenges or problems, I’m sure that you also have something to be grateful for.

As time goes on, I recognize that I can’t afford to be indifferent about things like my life, the goals I’ve set, and my overall mental and physical well-being.

I’ve had a few health problems in my own life (which of course, are no unique to me).  During a hospital stay a few years ago, I thought about how much I was taking my health for granted.  It was a type of wake-up call for me.

Take a few moments to think about your own health and well-being.  Do you take it for granted, or are you thankful for your daily blessings in life?

As you develop the habit of gratitude, you can also overcome much of the indifference you may feel about your life and goals.  It’s a habit I’m attempting to develop, and I can tell you that it works.

Recognize that Life is not a “Dress Rehearsal”

Many of us wait around for the “right time” to begin to make positive changes in our lives.

You may have told yourself these types of statements:

“It doesn’t matter.”

“I can pursue this goal another time.”

Unfortunately, we leave important goals, dreams, projects, and plans until “another time.”  It’s easy to get sidetracked, unfocused, and indifferent in life.

I’m starting to recognize that life quickly passes by, whether we want it to or not.  When we are children, we can’t wait until Christmas.  Five minutes can seem like an eternity.

After we become adults, time seems to move by more quickly.

A day can go by quickly.  Many times, two or three days can go by.  Then a week goes by and suddenly, most of the year has gone by.

If you become indifferent to your goals, and to any possibility of personal change or growth, time will keep moving on.

It’s not fun to try to make up time for missed opportunities.  Get started today with your major goal or dream.

We can never turn back the clock.  Take a step today, set a goal or two, and take some action on it.  As you make a bit of progress, you will be encouraged to keep pressing on.

I’d like to encourage you to make each day count.  All the best to you as you make positive changes and as you pursue your goals and dreams.

I like the quote in the image below from Steve Maraboli, which says: “Although time seems to fly by, it never travels faster than one day at a time.  Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest.  In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change.  Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the unchangeable past or indefinite future!  Today is a new day!”

I found this quote on a website called verybestquotes.com.  It has some excellent and inspiring quotes that are very inspiring.

Until my next post, have a great day.

today is a new day Overcome Indifference and Make Positive Changes   Part 1

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Comments

  1. Lamar's on October 14, 2013 at 9:15 am said:

    I was searching on the web for the meaning of indifference and how important it really is in determining your success level and came across this website… This is a very awesome powerful in simple terms and easy to understand on ” changing” into a better you… In a way that you don’t realize that you are until it’s done. I Live it and will be referring it to my future clients.
    I’m in the process of opening a coaching practice in my area and this is a awesome site to reference the clients to and for myself to reference from… Thank You for being “MAD” … Making A Difference!!!

    • Thank you for your comment! I wish you all the best as you coach and help other people become all they were meant to be. Cheers,
      Kevin

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