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Time to Renew

Welcome to today! A time to renew, restart, and release.

If you’re ready to make a lasting change, you must realize that in order for it to last, it must be a complete change. You can’t just renew yourself in your mind and with your words. Your actions must also reflect the new you.

For real, lasting change, you can’t just say, “This is a new me. I’m done being the old me. I’m done with people seeing me for the old me. I’m going to be the new me” and then go about your day like you did yesterday.

It won’t work.

If you truly want to renew, allow yourself to renew all aspects. It’s the only way to create lasting change. Keep this in mind: if the vision you have for yourself in the future is greatly different than your life now, the actions that you take must also be greatly different. You cannot do the same thing and get something different.

Renew all.

Like many of you, I’m on my computer a lot. You know when you’re on and the computer has some sort of update it wants to download? Or you open a program and it says it needs to run an update before you proceed? If you notice, when it’s done updating, it says, “you must restart your computer” for everything to function properly, to function effectively. When you restart the computer, it has been renewed and is functioning in a manner that reflects the new updates and no longer attached to the old way of doing things.

I understand we are not computers, but there is something we can take from that. When you’re sitting at home and you realize that you’re done with the old way of doing things and you’re aware that you need an update in your life, you must renew - restart.

Don’t you ever feel like you need to renew?

Maybe you’re done dealing with this person, you’re done dealing with that person, you’re done being miserable at home, you’re done being a smoker, you’re done being a drinker, you’re sick of living paycheck to paycheck. Whatever it is you’re done with, whatever it is you want to update in your life, you also have to restart in order for it to work effectively. It’s the beautiful art of renewing yourself.

Please understand that renewing is also releasing.

Are you ready for a new you? With your rebirth there must first be a funeral for your past. Let go! I often speak about letting go because it’s so important. Releasing the attachment to yesterday is the best way to renew and embrace the power and blessings of today.

There’s no way you can fight today’s battles with yesterday’s thoughts.

Mohammed Ali once said, “If you think the same at 50 as you did at 30, you just threw away 20 years of your life”, and it’s so true.

You have to release.

I grew up going to a Catholic church, and they teach you the Our Father. In this prayer that Jesus teaches it says “Give us this day our daily bread”. THIS DAY, today, “Give us THIS DAY our daily bread”. In other words, you can’t fight today’s battles with yesterday’s bread.

Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something.

Renew yourself. Release that attachment.

Today is a new day!

Steve Maraboli

"Life, the Truth, and Being Free"


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