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The Secret to Making Lasting Changes



Think you can't change?


Many of us already know that we need to improve our state of well-being in order to extend our lives as we age. Making changes is traditionally difficult, but the good news is that it's never too late to make changes for the better.


The first step is to understand what's important to you, and then determine the choices and decisions that represent where you want to be. Maybe you want to start a new career, lose weight, stop smoking or start exercising. Whatever the change is, be sure you understand why you want to make the change.


Take a moment to think about a time in your life when you made a successful change or developed a new habit.

What was your motivation for the change?

What was your attitude at the time?

What obstacles or barriers did you have to overcome?


Your level of readiness to change will determine how successful you are, and how much time it will take. Once you make the decision to change, you must practice that new behavior one day at a time until it becomes a habit - a lasting change.


Embracing the concept of change is a big thing, because interestingly, many people think they don’t have a choice when it comes to change.


Why?


For some it's fear, guilt, love, pain, time management or even a court order. What motivates one person may not be the same thing that gets another person to act. Everyone reacts differently to changes, whether voluntary or mandatory.


To start making a change,