With the circumstances of my quitting smoking, I started noticing a very interesting pattern. For those of you who don’t know how I just quit, I can tell you, it was not easy. I was trying hard for years, and I tried a couple of methods with no success. I heard of others who tried patches, gums, and other expensive methods, and then ended up smoking more. On January 1st, at 1:35 in the morning, I was outside having a smoke and once I put it out said “I’m done.” Since then, I haven’t touched one, or even had the desire for one.
Now, here’s another story that happened to a YouTuber by the name of Shay Carl Butler. His story doesn’t involve smoking; it does involve weight loss. From the moment he started his Shaytard channel he had mentioned how much he wanted to lose weight, and he tried several attempts without success. Then, last year, Shay and some of his friends got together for a weight loss challenge. His attempt, this time, involved vegetables and exercise and he didn’t stop. He started at 260, and his current weight is 170. Not only did he lose all that weight, but he also ran in a couple of marathons, and he continues training.
What do both of these stories have in common? One, they are both major life changes, and two; it took several attempts before we achieved success. I once heard someone say that major life changes only happen after a cataclysmic event, or a low point in life; but neither was the case with either one. The only other common factor in these stories is that they happened at the right time.
This is the pattern I was seeing; life changes will happen at a certain time, regardless of the method; but if this is the case, then why should we try so hard before this point? The best reason is, we are not given a guide book to tell us when the right time hits. If we don’t try to change, we may not be in a position to take that opportunity, when it comes. If we do miss it, there will be other chances, but wouldn’t it be better if you catch it early?