Change is deceptive in that we rarely appreciate our good progress while in the process. Only later when we’ve overcome a challenge or habit do we realize how far we’ve come.

One of the things that can make change so difficult is that when we modify our behavior, we rarely feel the benefits immediately. Good and bad behavior have a cumulative effect. The longer we sustain either, the more profound the impression it leaves on our emotional state and the elements of our life. Knowing this can help you mentally prepare for positive changes and keep you motivated when you want to quit. It can also provide incentive to course-correct sooner rather than later when you inevitably get off track.

Joyful moments are sweeter, breathing is easier, and sleep is sounder when you actively engage the positive right actions necessary for true change. Commit to those that pave the way for change today and enjoy.