The Only Thing Constant Is Change (Thanks Heraclitus!)

Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher (circa 500 BCE) who was known for his quote “the only thing constant is change”. He believed that life is always in flux. He was absolutely right.

When we want to change, we begin to ask ourselves questions to determine what we want to change (some of us make lists). Should I make a career change? Do I want to lose weight? Do I want to exercise (or exercise more)? Do I want to eat healthier?

Here are a few things to remember as we embark on changing:

  1. When you decide to make a change in your life, reflect on why you want this change. What are the benefits? Will this make you happy (or happier)? How can I achieve this? Am I ready?

  2. When you decide what change (or changes) you want to make, then it’s time to start creating goals.

  3. Create goals and commit to them. When you have committed to your goals, each action will move you toward a new behavior.

  4. Measure your progress using a journal. You can review where you began and where you are now.

Here a few things to remember as you are changing:

  1. Be kind to yourself. It takes time to change. It takes anywhere from 21 to 30 days to begin to change your behavior.

  2. If you first you don’t succeed, keep going. Achieving your goals takes perseverance.

Following these steps will ultimately create behavior change. Remember to celebrate each triumph in your journey to change. In time, you will become a happier and healthier YOU!

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