Monday Motivation: If you don’t like it, change it.

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I’ve written about this concept before in my Nothing Changes if You Change Nothing post, but today I have a bit of a different message for you.

Is there something going on in your life that you wish could be different?

MM_Change_defI’m always asking you those big, life-changing, scary questions. I know. Sometimes I feel like this is the even more fun part of reaching out to you all than even teaching you about nutrition and health.

Maybe you are waiting for the perfect moment when everything is “right” so that you can make that change.

Maybe you’ve been telling yourself that now isn’t the right time to make a change, because of situation X, Y, or Z.

Maybe you aren’t sure that a change you make will actually lead to the desired result.

Maybe you’re worried that you won’t make it to your goal, so the idea of even making a change to get started it completely freaks you out.

Stop worrying. Worry is a product of living in the future.

While it’s important to always keep an eye to the future (of course we do this even more so when we have a family, kids, etc.), it’s most important to focus on what is happening today.

Today – what we do today –  is what will affect the future most, not thinking or worrying about the future.

Some pray or set positive intentions for change. Others simply work hard on a path to change. 

Whatever path you choose, choose something. Sitting still in the moment may be helpful when you aren’t sure what you even want out of your life. But, when you know what you want, don’t sit paralyzed. Make some kind of change – big or small – to see what may happen next.

Stop complaining.

No one around you wants to hear you complain. Sure, your friends are there to listen or provide a shoulder for you to cry on now and then. You’re human, and that’s perfectly normal. But are you just complaining over and over without doing anything about it?

Your friends may not be the ones who want to tell you that they’re tired if hearing it, or don’t know what else they can tell you. So I’ll do it. Listen to yourself next time you’re talking to (or texting) your friends – are you informing them of what’s going on in your life and asking for their support? Or are you just venting and complaining? Again, we all need to do the venting and complaining now and then, but realize when the time comes to snap out of it and just make an action plan.

You realize that you can’t do the same things over and over and expect a different outcome, right? Make a change – at least one – and then see how things move from there.

Want some ideas?

Based on the questions I get all the time, as well as some things going on in my own life these days, where’s what I’ve got for you today:

  • Have you been following a Paleo style diet or maybe you’ve been eating better than you were before, but you still aren’t seeing the results you expect? Maybe there are changes to your food choices you haven’t been ready to make, but you want a different outcome.
  • Afraid of making a fool of yourself in a new exercise class? Don’t be! Everyone in that class was once a beginner – just like you. Find a gym where there are people who acknowledge this fact, and where they welcome you with excitement.
  • Afraid to leave your job because you need the income? I’ll direct you here, here, and here.


Have you made a change that has taken you in a fantastic new direction in life? What about a change that wasn’t the best move, but at least maybe re-directed your life?  

Tell me about it in the comments below.

  • ChristaJeanne

    Thanks for the encouragement, Diane!!! Just what I needed to hear this morning. Much appreciated!

  • Janelle Pica

    I cannot agree more with the “afraid to leave your job” tid bit. Sure, it can be a risky situation to go and chase after your dreams, especially when the blanket of financial security is ripped from under your feet. With any venture on into an unknown world, fear seems to be the biggest obstacle to reaching success and independence. In my opinion, success is inevitable so long as you apply the steps necessary to achieve greatness. With that in mind, why on earth would we want to hinder our own success and independence?

    I’m a risk taker, but taking risks has lead me to living my dreams one step at a time and one day at a time. It’s a process, but well worth it! Be bold! Chase those dreams! THRIVE! It’s worth it!

    • balancedbites


  • Nicole

    Wow. I just read your links in the leaving your job section. I wish I’d read those a few months ago. I just quite my job do to these same issues. I hated waking up every morning, and dreading clocking in. I lived for Sunday and Monday (my weekend) and was freakishly jealous of people who didn’t work on Saturdays (almost everyone). My husband and I agreed that we were paying too much for our apartment, and downsized on everything. I agree with everything you’ve said. It’s amazing how little you can live on.

    • balancedbites

      Right? Often people who have kids think they’re trapped by the cost of things for the kids, which can seem really hard. The truth it, kids can be happy on a lot less than people think- good food, clothes on their backs, and quality time with the family are most important, the rest is optional.

  • Darlene Staley

    The statement “Today – what we do today – is what will affect the future most, not thinking or worrying about the future” hit me today in a new way. Maybe it was adding that it would affect the future most, but today it finally sank in. I am going to write this and read everyday. Thanks!

    • balancedbites

      :) AWESOME

  • Nate Anglin

    Sometimes, we always have this tendency to stay in our comfort zone because we are afraid to try something new. Maybe the result is not what we expect or because of failure from our past. Stop worrying too much because that won’t help you to make a better life! Great post Diane!

  • Mallory Smith

    Thank you for this post! I’ve been feeling really down lately because the big change I made in my life that I thought was going to make me happy turned out to more or less set me backwards. After reading this post, however, perhaps my life hasn’t gone backwards but taking the risk I did simply helped me redirect my life into seeing what was really important. Last September, I quit my dead-end job to start over back in the town that I grew up in only to fall into another dead-end job which I ended up quitting again and now we’re moving back to the same area where we moved from. Only this time, I’m going to try to find my “hedgehog” finally and make some much needed attitude adjustments. Thanks Diane, this is what I needed to read!

  • Jessica Scholtz

    Great post! I live in change and am probably one of the few people I know that not only embrace it, but thrive in it.
    Let go of what no longer serves you!