Do you like the person that you are?
I think most of us would answer yes to that question, in some ways; and no, in others. All of us have things about ourselves that we’d like to change. Some of us have huge things that we’d like to change.
Do you believe that change is possible?
The good news is, it is! Probably the biggest thing that works against us actually changing is not believing that it can be done. All of us have been there. Again, I look back to my experience as a smoker. When I smoked, I really was concerned about my health and in that sense, even though I really liked to smoke, I wanted to quit. But I simply could NOT imagine myself going through a day without smoking. For me, it was a matter of beginning to visual myself as free, breathing in fresh air, not coughing . . . and getting excited about it.
I see three steps to transfiguration:
1. Imagine yourself changed. Imagine what your life will be like for you without this thing or behavior weighing you down. . . .and get excited about it!
2. Call on a Power greater than yourself to give you the power that you feel you don’t have to change.
3. Do what YOU can to cooperate with this Power. Change a routine, get a meditation book, take a walk, meditate, have some fun – whatever helps in even slightly shifting your normal routine.
Probably the most important thing that I need to remember is this: Don’t stop trying! Not matter how many times I may fail, get up and keep trying again. Each day is a new day and holds out the possibility of transfiguration!