With Becky Tirabassi
author of Keep the Change: Breaking Through To Permanent
Becky thanks for joining us today!
You are a dynamic speaker and the author of Keep the
Change. Could you begin by telling us about what
inspired you to write Keep the Change?
BT: Hardly a day goes by when someone
doesn’t write or call me with an area of their lives
they want to permanently change. Looking for both advice
and encouragement, they know I have overcome many things—anger,
alcoholism, over-eating, and a poor self-image—and
can relate to their struggle.
GGBC: Could you provide us with a brief summary of Keep
BT: If you have tried repeatedly—or deeply desire—to
change one or more areas of your life FOR GOOD, Keep the
Change is a practical guide that uses proven methods for
attaining permanent transformation. However, beware of
its contents; though tried and tested, each chapter requires
honest answers and daily effort.
How can people begin to Keep the Change in
BT: Change begins with awareness. Most
of us know what we need or want or should change, but
we often need something to either inspire us into taking
the next step, which is where the power to change is released:
admission to God, ourselves, and others.
How is Keep the Change different
from the vast number of self-help/personal development
books that consumers are bombarded with each day?
BT: I once read an author’s answer
to the same question, which rang true for me. Any book
that contains good advice or practical steps for improvement
is only as effective as the reader’s willingness
to apply the information to their lives. I suppose we
can say that about the Bible, as well. Within it, there
is powerful direction for us…but will we adhere
to it, embrace it and follow it? To that degree, all books
require something from the reader. That is why I include
journal pages for the reader to try out. Because I have
been committed to journaling daily, I have a place to
work out those changes, as well as to record my progress.
I want readers to take that step…
How will Keep the Change help readers
make a lasting change in their lives?
BT: If readers will make a commitment
to daily journaling that examines all four areas of their
lives (physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental), I
believe they will experience the momentum that comes from
regular evaluation. No relapse can last more than a day
if a person will be honest with their feelings, thoughts,
and habits—in writing!
How can readers begin to “live
BT: A person can begin by speaking the
truth to themselves, God and others. The truth requires
a person to be honest about themselves and their struggles,
as well as, the consequences of their behavior and what
it will really require to succeed. I give the example
in the book about parents who scream at their kids. I
used to be one of those parents so I know what it involves.
However, so many parents are unwilling to face the truth
that their screaming and yelling is destroying their kids’
self-esteem and sense of loving security. If we really
believed that truth, how would it affect our behavior?
How can a person begin to control
or “tame their temperament”?
BT: I include a personality test within
the book, Keep the Change, for every reader to take. Once
you know your personality trait—strengths and weaknesses—you
can really begin to see how your (and others’) personality
can hinder or help you achieve and sustain your goals.
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach
to life-improvement because everyone is wired differently.
Knowing your personality can unlock new ideas for customizing
an approach to breakthrough, which is individualized,
and provides you with your best chance at success.
What are some of the ways a person can “protect
their mind and emotions”?
BT: This is a very important biblical
principle for experiencing a fulfilling life. We must
be alert and aware of the lies, accusations, and temptations
of the devil. We must take our thoughts captive to Christ
on a daily, if not hourly, basis. The New Testament is
full of verses and teaching about our thoughts. If a believer
is not fully aware that they must guard their mind, they
are always at risk.
Could you provide us with tips on
how readers can “develop a strategy” and what
should it entail?
BT: Be a journalist and ask yourself
the “W” questions: Who, what, when, where,
and why. As you begin to pull these pieces together and
really analyze the true implications in your life, you
will begin to form the answer to “how” you
can make and keep these changes. Ideally, ask a few friends
to help you brainstorm the answers and keep you accountable.
In what specific ways can readers
“capture reality daily”?
BT: A person can capture reality daily
by keeping a daily journal. Record your prayers, goals,
confessions, and dreams. It is like keeping a photo album.
Some changes will occur quickly, others will take time.
A line in the book says, “The key to effective journaling
is to see it as a vehicle that can take you where you
want to go.” That is so true! The decision in my
own life twenty years ago to journaling each day has been
the greatest source of change in my life—physically,
emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Becky, in your opinion, how can readers
continue to “gain new perspective”?
BT: This chapter is really a combination
of all the steps. Gaining a new perspective about your
life or situation requires great discipline. It means
being strong enough to look past the temporal and toward
the eternal. It really requires that you constantly remind
yourself “why” you desire to change. The best
answer is most often because of love. Maybe you’re
willing to change because you love your kids or your husband.
Maybe you’re willing to change because someone loves
you. The best reason to change and keep the change, is
because God loves you!
Telling a person “to never give
up” has almost become a cliché. Why is it
so important to “never give up”?
BT: I speak and write much about prayer.
I am incredibly inspired by those who were persistent
in prayer. Over and over, examples of those who accomplished
great things for God were those who refused to give up
in prayer. They believed the impossible because God asked
them to do so. That type of “never give up”
attitude inspires me in every area. I hope the reader
will grab onto that concept, as well.
GGBC: Becky, could you please share with us your
upcoming tour dates or appearances?
BT: TBA – please check the www.changeyourlifedaily.com website for speaking and media dates and appearances.
Becky, we have enjoyed chatting with you.
Could you give GGBC an idea of what you are working on
BT: A television show called Change
Your Life TV®. I’m very excited that Walmart
and www.walmart.com are the exclusive retailers of the
Change Your Life Daily Bible and Change Your
Life Daily Journal and it is my goal to expand the
Change Your Life® brand of resources
GOOD GIRL Magazine would like to thank Becky Tirabassi,
and we wish you continued success in your ministry