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A Recipe for Change and Improvement

“The sum of our daily choices and practices makes us who we are.”

I’m a painter. Not only that – I consider myself to be an artist. I bet that’s something you didn’t know. What makes me what I say I am? Is it the simple declaration – “I’m an artist” – that makes it so? No, of course not. There are lots of people who declare themselves to be certain things and want to change, but have no follow through – a lot of talk and no action. In my experience, all that does is lead to mediocrity. If our declarations have no follow through, then they’re simply not true or at least they don’t count for much.

I’ll let you decide that for yourself. But, my take on it is this…

Change Original acrylic painting by Rick Osborn Artist

Original Acrylic Painting by Rick Osborn

 

I’m an artist because I paint, virtually every evening with a goal in mind – to complete at least one work of art a week. Now I’ve been somewhat artistic my whole life, but it wasn’t until later in my life that I began painting with oils and creating art. Personally, I find oil painting very relaxing and rewarding. My process is simple – I begin with the end in mind. With the right tools, some hard work, determination, consistency and time, I’m able to produce art that others value. The end result is something that I’m able to market to others – something that they will also value, which in turn, brings me reward – both in satisfaction and money.

Ok, so I guess you’re asking yourself, “Why should I care about Rick Osborn and his artistic ability and what does this have to do with me?” Well, I’m glad you asked!

Here’s my point. My venture into painting was something that I started fairly recently. Did you know that change and achievement can be had at any time in life? It’s never too late to pursue something of value for your life. Remember, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” If you don’t try, you’ll never know…

So just in case I’m not being clear enough, I’ll sum it up in a few easy steps…

  1. Recognize your potential – “I’m an artistic person.”
  2. Set your goals. (i.e. – “I will paint one piece of art a week.”)
  3. Equip yourself. You need tools – paints, brushes, canvas, etc.
  4. Paint every day until you meet your goal. (Practice and consistency)
  5. Learn all you can about painting.
  6. Tell other what you’re doing so that they will encourage you and give you helpful feedback.
  7. Rub elbows with others who are already painting and can teach you.
  8. Produce. Meet your goal. Create a painting a week. Build your gallery. Sell your art.
  9. Declare yourself a “Painter” because it’s true – because you do what you say and say what you do.

Ok, so maybe you don’t want to be a painter. I didn’t really think you did anyhow. But, let’s be more practical. What is something that EVERYONE wants to be? How about…

A Recipe for Change – Being Fit and Healthy

Again, remember…

“The sum of our daily choices and practices makes us who we are.”

That being said, let’s apply the above steps to being fit and healthy.

  1. Recognize your potential – “God has created me with the capacity to be fit and healthy.”
  2. Set your goal – i.e. – “I will be fit and healthy.” Soon to be…”I am fit and healthy!”
  3. Equip yourself. You need to buy good food, find a park to run in, a gym to go to, etc.
  4. Exercise and eat right every day until you meet your goal. (Practice and consistency)
  5. Learn all you can about being healthy – such as eating right, proper nutrition and exercising.
  6. Tell others what you’re doing so that they will encourage you and give you helpful feedback. Hopefully, they’ll join with you.
  7. Rub elbows with others who are already fit and healthy and can teach you.
  8. Produce. Eat right and Exercise. Meet your goal. Create healthy meals and exercise every day. Build a repertoire of healthy recipes and fitness plans. Start looking and feeling better.
  9. Declare yourself “Fit and Healthy” because it’s true – because you do what you say and say what you do.

Maybe the above seems simplistic for whatever you’re setting out to accomplish, but remember –

“Whenever in doubt, just take that first small step.”

If you don’t try, you’ll never know what you can accomplish. And even more important, if you don’t try, you’ll never move past where you are now.

If you’re not happy with your life, stop settling for the status quo. Make a decision for change and set the ball rolling. Until you do, you’ll never realize all the potential that God has created within you!

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4 Responses to A Recipe for Change and Improvement

  1. avatar
    Christie Sanner April 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    VERY, VERY INSPIRING Rick.

    I want your help in doing exact thing.

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    Christie Sanner April 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    With the crosstitch that I do

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    massage gold coast helensvale August 20, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

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    Rick Osborn August 29, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Hey Steven, thanks for the compliment. My theme is using Woo Themes, but I’ve customized it to be my own as well. Check out woothemes.com

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