As life progresses, we often realize either through the words of others or through self-actualization that there are habits we need to change for the betterment of oneself or for those we love.
But like it is said; the first step to change is acceptance. Because change in itself is difficult. Change takes time. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Change is like a seed planted in the soil. Realistically, I am certain you don’t wake up the next morning with the expectation of observing a full grown tree bearing fruits. So why then do you expect yourself to change and be done with that habit overnight?
Be patient with yourself. Prepare yourself mentally and understand you will fail and relapse severally, and that is okay. Accept and forgive yourself when you mess up and, don’t be hesitant or ashamed to start over. Change is a process—a gradual process. Change isn’t exponential (although it can be), but linear.
Like the seed planted underneath the soil, while you may think it is not growing because it is not obvious to the human eyes; it is. All the daily watering and nourishment going into the soil is preparing the seed for an uproot growth. The little progresses and adjustments you are making towards your fight to change will eventually add up someday to a greater change.
Whatever habit you have accepted to change, and whatever change you have agreed to work towards, I applaud you. The change will come. With perseverance and persistent you will surely one day get there. It may take days, weeks, months, years, but certainly not overnight. Slowly, but surely.
Be strong and courageous…don’t be discouraged (Joshua 1:9).