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Why aren’t we changing?


It’s mid-year. This is when we start freaking out or getting bummed about those goals we planned way back in January (which feels like yesterday, no?).

This is when we wonder what we have been doing with the last six months. If this isn’t you, if you’re halfway to your goals for the year, feel free to skip this post. This post is for those of us who might be feeling stuck. I get in these phases where I feel like I will never be able to change. I had one of these moments this week as I looked at a few of my goals that I absolutely have not given any attention to.

Why Aren't We Changing by Valerie Woerner, Val Marie Paper, goals, new year, goal setting, powersheets, how to change, habits I believed the lie that I couldn’t change. This is not biblical, y’all. Philippians 1:6 tells us that “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 4:22-24 says that “in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”

2 Corinthians 3:5 says “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”

Through God, we are capable of change. We have to start here. We have to change those thoughts that tell us we can’t move forward.

And then? We have to let that truth propel us forward to do something differently. We cannot change if we keep doing the same things that haven’t worked in the past.

Take the goal that has been most elusive to you and answer these questions:

  • Where am I trying to get?
  • What am I doing right now?
  • Where is it actually taking me?
  • What do I need to do to get where I want to go?

Why Aren't We Changing | Val Marie Paper, how to change, set goals, new year, habits, powersheets, goal setting

Sometimes I have to face the facts. They seem like they’d be obvious, but I know I don’t always pay close attention to them.

If my heart’s desire is to eat better and feel better and my current routine is junk food and the daily battle of not making time to work out, I am headed to more physical pain, lack of energy and weight gain.

It’s that simple. But I usually picture myself in this neutral position. I can either stay the same or go up. I forget that I can digress too.

This isn’t meant to scare you at all, but to motivate you that maybe the reason change isn’t happening isn’t because something is wrong with you or wrong with God but that the path you’re on isn’t even designed to get you where you think it’s supposed to get you. 99.9 times out of 10, a donut won’t morph into nutrients. God works through delicious miracles, but many days, He works through hands and feet and logic.

What do the next 6 months hold for you?

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