But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise”. (Stephen Covey.) The life we are leading today is the result of many decisions made in the past–some two or more years ago. When we make a change for the better, we still endure consequences or results of choices made in the past. Typically it takes about two years of new and better choices to begin living the life created by them. It can be discouraging to continue reaping the harvest of seeds sown before while doing your best to make good choices today. It’s important to persevere and have confidence that sooner or later the good seeds planted will also grow over time and eventually you will be able to harvest a good crop and have better outcomes in your day-to-day life. Never give up and never give in. Do the right things for the right reasons and gracefully accept the residual effects of past actions without blame, complaint, or self-pity. You did not get where you are today overnight and you will not get where you want to be overnight either.