8 Major Life Areas to Change: Part 1

8 Major Life Areas to Change: Part 1

The first step to causing a successful transformation in your life is to specifically identify the things you want to change! You need to ask yourself, “What exactly is it that I want?” Most people just drift through life without ever knowing what it is that they really want.

I used to live close to a launching pad for hot air balloons. Those big, colorful balloons are magnificent against the backdrop of the Colorado sky, but the pilots can never be quite sure of where the balloons will land. Several balloons actually touched down in my backyard! A pilot can control the elevation of the balloon, but he or she is totally at the mercy of the wind.

Just like these hot air balloons, many people rise up and get excited about the possibility of change, but because they never identify their specific desires, they end up drifting along and landing toward an unforeseen destination. They may be aware of a few things that they do not like about their lives, issues that make them uncomfortable, but they cannot define what they want to see changed. They may even have some a few vague goals, but because they are not clearly defined, their lives continue to drift.

In Mark 11, Jesus instructs us to identify in prayer the things we desire. But in order to pray, you need to know what you desire.  All the major areas of your life can be improved with change. It may be helpful to think about each area and define what you want. And if you’re like me, it helps to write these goals in a journal.

Area #1 Spiritual and Ethical Life: You can grow and change so that your spirit becomes stronger. My prayer life, for example, was revolutionized when I allowed a friend to mentor me in this area. Other avenues of spiritual growth may be reading and studying your Bible, being honest in the little things, or even working toward discovering your primary purpose in life.

Area #2 Family and Home: It seems that almost everyone has issues of forgiveness. We all have fences to mend with a relative, a spouse, a child, or a neighbor. You may argue, “But you just don’t understand! That person is impossible!” I do understand, we all have those people in our lives that we fundamentally don’t click with. But it is so important for you to let go of any bitterness. You have to protect your heart from it or it will absolutely destroy you. You cannot control how other people are, but you can control how you are.

You can also define the positive things you want in your relationships. I write down goals for what I want to see happen with my wife and kids—one-year, three-year, five-year and ten-year goals. You may think that is a little compulsive, but I guarantee you my family is not neglected. I never take my family for granted because my goals keep me accountable.

Another aspect of the family and home area is improving practical things, such as installing new carpet in your house or purchasing a hot tub. Every year between Christmas and New Year’s Day I categorize my goals like this in my journal.

Area #3 Financial and Career Life: Do you have career goals? Perhaps there are changes looming on the horizon in this area. You need to come up with a plan! What would you really like to do? Maybe you want to change your finances. It’s never too late to learn how to save and invest. You need to set goals to increase your income and to continue developing your skills for the marketplace.

Area #4 Mental and Educational Life: Some of us may need to go back to school. Or we many want to learn a foreign language or become computer savvy. Some of us just need to commit to more independent study. To continue growing mentally, you should try reading a book a week. If you don’t, then in ten years you will have missed out on more than five-hundred books! There are many opportunities for growth in this area. It all depends on your personal goals.

Do you have any transformations you’re hoping to make? Let me know in the comment section below!

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Billy Epperhart
Billy Epperhart
  • Rhonda Lettow
    Posted at 07:23h, 11 April Reply

    Great Blog!
    I went through it and wrote out new goals in all these areas.
    One suggestion…I added ‘Health and Fitness’ More than ever, I need to keep myself on track in this area, too!

  • Rhonda Lettow
    Posted at 07:38h, 11 April Reply

    Oops… Just realized this was just part One…

    • Billy
      Posted at 09:56h, 13 April Reply

      haha! Stay tuned Rhonda…. 🙂

  • Sheila Leta
    Posted at 07:40h, 13 April Reply

    i read books but never finish them. i ave so many unread books. If you suggest reading a book a week maybe that will help me focus on finishing . Challenge is I work, have 4 kids, a husband and a home to look after. Help with some practical advise if possible. My eldest daughter is 8 year and the youngest is 10 months.

    • Billy
      Posted at 10:46h, 13 April Reply

      I understand the struggle Sheila. Maybe it would help to listen to books on tape? That way when you’re working on the home, driving, on lunch break, or in any of these in-between situations, you can still be learning and absorbing! Just get some headphones and some sort of player and you will be good to go!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 13:57h, 13 April Reply

    This is one of my favorites of your blog, it helps give direction in order to cultivate a deeper understanding of myself! Thank you for an outline to run with!

    I am making some transformations with these guidelines!

    • Billy
      Posted at 18:07h, 13 April Reply

      Thank you Rebecca! That’s wonderful to hear.

  • Lucy Koojo
    Posted at 23:33h, 19 April Reply

    Wow, feeling blessed. I need an increase in my income and extend my extend my investment levels to greater heights!

    • Billy
      Posted at 10:40h, 21 April Reply

      Glad to hear it Lucy! God bless.

  • mike woltz
    Posted at 06:39h, 22 April Reply

    I’m 65 years old just retired with not enough income to take care of family the way I know God wants me to. Just learning about the truths of God late in life. Having difficult tie at putting God’s plan into action. Thanks for the information. God bless

    • Billy
      Posted at 10:10h, 22 April Reply

      Mike, it’s never too late to get started. God bless you in this time.

  • Pingback:8 Major Life Areas to Change: Part 2 - Billy Eppherhart
    Posted at 15:53h, 15 June Reply

    […] James Goddard is a great example of someone who refused to drift along in life. As a teenager, he wrote down 127 specific things he wanted to accomplish. He included goals he would like to accomplish, places he would like to go, people he would like to meet, and the type of person he would like to become. Those goals included milking a rattlesnake, reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, and climbing to the top of Mt. Everest! In the last report I heard, he had accomplished the majority of those goals. He was able to accomplish theme because he had first identified them. Click here if you missed Part 1 of this series. […]

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