What makes us resist change? Why would we rather stick with a job we hate, stay in an abusive relationship, keep smoking despite illness, and endure unnecessary hardship rather than do something to make it better?
Why do we?
Is it fear of failure? Uncertainty of the unknown? Apathy?
It’s D. All of the above.
Change can be hard. It can also be easy. One thing is certain: change is inevitable.
If you don’t like something in your life, change it.
If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
Let me give you an example.
I’ve had a chronic pain condition (burning mouth syndrome) for over three years. I am reluctant to blog about it because I don’t see the point in giving something so afflictive any more attention than it deserves.
I hate it. It can be all consuming and at times unbearable. Presently, I have exhausted all management therapies. I’ve stopped googling it as I can’t bear to read other BMS sufferers lament about how poor their quality of life is. It makes me feel hopeless.
Somedays I do crawl up in a ball and go to sleep. Sleep is sometimes the one thing I can do to escape the pain.
I can give in to hopelessness.
I can change the way I think.
I can redirect my attention to something else. Take my focus off the problem and put it somewhere else.
I can do that.
Instead of putting a spotlight on the pain and allowing it to have control of how I live and what I do, I can put it in the background.
Accept, but not empower.
That has been the one thing that has helped me deal.
It has taken me 3 years to figure out I needed to change my thoughts.
What about you?
Is the problem the problem? Or could it be how you think about the problem?
There are at least two views.
A rut or a grave?
Half empty or half full?
A mountain or a mole hill?
Lemons or lemonade?
A weed or a flower?
All changes, even the ones we crave can be sad. We leave behind something that was a part of us, our life. We knew it well. Kind of like an old shoe.
Remember, If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.
Is there something you need to change? What’s stopping you?
Today, I only ask that you think about one area of yourself or your life that you need to change. That’s the second step to change (contemplation). Pre-contemplation is the first step – you already experienced that when you felt the nudge to read this post.
Think about how your life will be better after you make a change.
Whatever it is you need to change trust me when I say, you got this.
We all need change.
Jim Rohn, American Entrepreneur and motivational speaker said so well,
Next week: Preparation