December 2, 2013

Five simple steps to creating change in your life

Change - 100PedalsWhen you find yourself at that place where you are not celebrating the outcomes you desire in your life, you have two choices — do something or do nothing.  Ultimately the situation will not change until you decide it must.  The easy part is knowing what to do; the hard part is making the commitment.

Rather than getting all hung up on an overworked action plan, here are five steps you can take to change your future outcomes:

  1. Declare: “I am not satisfied with where I am.”
  2. Inquire: “What can I do differently?” or “What can I do better?”
  3. Explore: “How will this change the outcome I am experiencing?”
  4. Confirm: “This is what I need to do!”
  5. Act: “I will…” Make the commitment, challenge yourself, do the work!

Whatever the situation, there is a solution.  Everything begins with embracing personal responsibility for the outcomes in your life. Once you openly, honestly, and receptively explore the options you will find the answer.  Armed with the solution, the only step remaining is taking action and making it happen.

The answer is usually quite obvious.  What holds us back is not the solution; it is the work, the risk, and the task of implementation. Have the courage to trust your path and embrace the challenge.  Successful and incredible outcomes to change are just around the corner.

On Sunday, December 1, I challenged myself to step up and make some changes in my life. This challenge reflects behaviors and activities that I were once part of my life routine and that I had fallen out of.  I have challenged myself to actively focus on making the necessary changes in my life to get back into those routines for the next 100Days.  I will be sharing comments from my daily experiences on my 100Day Challenge Facebook Group.  Please join me and follow along with my experiences and thoughts on this journey.  


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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.