How do you walk?
One step at a time?
How do you speak?
One word at a time?
How do you change?
One thought at a time? One process at a time?
So many of us get so overwhelmed by trying to do everything at once.
For me it’s because I don’t like to change and so I don’t want to change. The problem is that I have to change because I realize I don’t want the reality which I’ve created. However, I still like the actions that put me there.
Overweight. I dont like that my pants don't fit but I don't want to give up eating.
Over drinking. I don’t like the hangovers, the over sleeping that causes work problems, the fights with my spouse but I don’t want to stop drinking.
Add in your own.
Or how about, I don’t feel close to God but I don’t want to dedicate time to prayer and Bible reading.
We know we need to change but we want it done now. So we jump in full throttle and frustrate ourselves back to where we started.
How about changing one step at a time? The movie, “What About Bob” talked of taking baby steps to accomplish the goal.
Try being Bob.
Look at your change process as steps on a journey or as words in a sentence. Rather than doing in all at once, do it one at a time. Once that one thing is accomplished do the next. Pretty soon you‘ll have accomplished that one thing you wanted.
I was reminded of this verse, Psalm 27:4: “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”