Your Chance To Change Is Right Now

Every day is a new day. Take advantage of its opportunity.

James E. McGinley, PhD
4 min readJun 28, 2022


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I have heard it many times, every day is a new day. It echoes of optimism and fresh starts. The problem is that I am not always so optimistic and stale problems often get in the way of fresh starts.

It is hard to see new possibilities when you are still dealing with old problems.

The result is that we lose energy. We want to make meaningful changes, but we just do not feel like we have the room or energy for it. We are still crowded and burdened with the troublesome legacy of yesterday. Worse, we often inherit unwanted problems from others. So, we end up carry both our burden and theirs.

So, we tend to look backwards, not forwards.

But we can help ourselves by recognizing a simple truth.

If you woke up alive this morning you have the chance to change your life.

Change comes in all sizes.

We have to think about what change means to us. It is easy to focus on the vision, the dream, or the long-term goal. These are necessary and inspirational. But they can also seem distant and detached from the reality of our day-to-day lives. Like a mirage, even though we walk towards them, they seem to stay out of reach.

We can always do things different and do them in different ways. Our changes can be small. What if we simply asked ourselves this question, what is one thing I can do different today?

Change is not just the results we achieve. Change is also what we do, how we see ourselves, and how we see the world.

Maybe I want peace. Can I find time to pray, meditate, be thankful, or be mindful? Just for a moment or two? Maybe I want success. Can I take a moment at the beginning of the day to remind myself of the day’s priority? To remind myself that I am strong, resilient, and committed to making my life better?

Sometimes, the change we need to make is to simply see ourselves as what we want to be. It may sound silly, but when was the last time you looked in a mirror and said to yourself, I am looking at warrior, a peacemaker, a guardian angel for someone else, or a brave traveler, then…



James E. McGinley, PhD

James McGinley, PhD is a professor, author, certified life coach, and licensed counselor.