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  • Writer's pictureRyan Jones

What inspires you to change?

Change isn’t easy for most people. I’m no different.

For me, some of the biggest changes were born out of some significant level of discomfort. Let me share some.

  • At the age of 11, I was utterly humiliated during a soccer tryout. This changed and drove me to not let that happen again and to practice more. For the better, I gained some serious determination to become an accomplished player.

  • I was going to university full-time, working full-time, coaching full-time and my focus on my wife and family was suffering. I had to change something. I became a college dropout, and though that sounds bad, it changed me for the better. It drove me to work harder than most because I wanted to spend more time with my young family. I’d like to believe this started me on my journey to be a better husband and father.

  • I was dead broke, making good money, thousands of dollars in debt, no savings, working to the bone and nothing to show for it. This drove me to change and learn new ways to think about money, my time, and where my energy was focused. It wasn’t about the money; it was the management of money. I learned, grew, and changed, and now I am living a better financial life that I never even imagined 20 years ago.

  • I have faced addictions. I’ve hit bottom a time or two. They linger with me, as all addictions do. However, the agony of these reached a tipping point where they could never be repeated. With support, I faced them head-on, and with help, I'm free of them today.

I wish it was easier for us to see and want change in our lives for the better.

However, each of us tends to have to face the pain before we realize how trapped we might be.

Are you facing an addiction? Are you living a life you don’t love today? Do you see in others what you hope for yourself?

You might think this is where I plug myself in as a coach. Nope.

Real change comes from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He shines a light on our way forward when we have all his light in our life. He is the path and the light of change. He gave his life for us so that we could learn and grow while also being forgiven for our stupidity.

Teachers, coaches, leaders, friends, and family are all here to help you change when you decide to change. Change starts with you.

What do you want to change?

Be strong enough to turn to God, and he will provide the way.

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