THE Lenten period has started and it is time for self-assessment and sacrifice. The Lenten challenge invites you to give up things or habits for 40 days. This means that it is time to take the test of endurance and make short-term changes for long-term effects.
TEENage would like to give you some guidelines on how to make sacrificing a worthwhile experience.
The first thing to ask yourself is 'what are my goals?' and 'what sacrifices can be made to achieve them?'. This way the sacrifice won't be pointless and will also propel you to work harder to maintain your sacrifices/changes. For example, a lot of people seek to be healthier and want to lose weight.
For 40 days you can commit to eating less junk food and spending more time exercising. In order to be practical and really test your endurance, you start by specifying one specific food to give up. This will lead you to being motivated to giving up more unhealthy choices and adding more healthy habits to your life.
Another common goal is the desire to be successful in one's endeavours. The biggest hindrance to this goal tends to be procrastination and requires persons to change the way they spend their time. This is a life change that is worth making since procrastination is the thief of time and is a general obstacle for those embarking on the journey to success.
The best way to combat this is to work out a routine that allows you to get things done while leaving room for relaxation. One has to ensure that this routine is practical and gives you enough room to grow while doing things you are accustomed to doing.
The second consideration is to constantly remind yourself of your sacrifice so that you don't break the habit. This could take the form of little reminders to keep the sacrifice as well as the bigger picture you're working for at the forefront of your thoughts. Positive affirmation and reinforcement will make the journey motivational and worthwhile.
The best way to do this is to make several copies of your list of sacrifices and changes and place them in the places you are the most. Also it is important that the tone of the reminder is positive because there is a major difference between "I will do" and "I want to do".
After the sacrifice, the main thing to focus on is maintaining the life changes. This means that the next step in consideration is how to make this a permanent part of your life. The great thing about the 40-day time span is that it is over the time it takes to make something a habit. That way exceeding 40 days should make this process easier to adopt and the experience easier to adapt to.
Also this requires a good support system that will enable the experience to feel less like work and more like an enjoyable process. The requirements for this support system include the fact that it should be understanding and willing to push you to your limits while having your best interests at heart.
TEENage would like to encourage you to make sacrifices that have a positive effect for your life in the long term. It may seem difficult at first but every great journey gets easier with practice and experience.
Ensure that the changes and sacrifices are personalised because they should benefit you and promote your journey to self discovery. So for the rest of the Lenten days, be sure to make the type of sacrifices for a better you.