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See the Wisdom section for more instructions, hints and tips.

Lent is a lot like New Years - it's an opportunity to start change by breaking old habits or making new ones.

Think of something that needs to change in your life. Maybe it's something you do too much or too little or something to make you like yourself and others like you. Maybe there's a quality in others that you admire or maybe there's something you do that you know annoys others.

Here are some other ideas that might help you: improve your diet, do better in school or work, watch less TV, play less video games, help your family more, or learn more about God and prayer. This is a self centered world. Everyone is looking out for themselves. Spend more time helping others and less time about yourself - less for me, more for others. If you still can't think of anything, ask someone who knows you. I'm sure they will be able to come up with at least one idea.

During Lent give up something bad for you and do something good for you.

It's hard to do but after you've accomplished it, you'll be proud of yourself and be a better person.

Name one way you will make yourself better this Lent or New Year.

Steps to Making Changes

Here are some hints to help you accomplish change.

First, write down exactly what you want to change.

Second, write down what might keep you from making the change and come up with ideas to help you overcome these barriers.

Third, write down the positives for making the change.

It should be obvious from all this that you should make the change.

As a wise friend of mine, Jim White, once said, "Bad habits are hard to get out of. Good habits are hard to get into and easy to break." So, don't give up, persist.

Copyright © 2007 Vincent Hale