Don’t allow your fear to be stronger than your desire to live to your full potential…
ROUTINE – that unvarying, habitual, unimaginative thing we do every day, every week, every month, every year…year after year…that predictability wraps us in its arms and rocks us into complacency. The comfort zone is home to complacency – where each day is identical, and well, boring. We justify our banal existence with promises to ourselves that when we’re older, when the children are grown, when we’re rich, when 〈insert any other excuse here〉, things will be different. But after so many years of being stuck in a rut, will we have suddenly developed the courage to make a change?
Change will occur throughout our lives, mostly by default – not because we’ve made a conscious decision to travel a different path. This post is not referring to the changes that can be considered black and white, the ones that are defined by feelings of happiness or sadness, like getting a new job or the loss of a loved one. I am talking about consciously identifying some aspect of your life that is not filling your bucket and then consciously making a decision to change it.
What is it about change that paralyzes us with fear? Are we so comfortable in our routine that we have the smug sense that there is no longer room for improvement, nothing more to be discovered or achieved??
FEAR OF CHANGE works in conjunction with anxiety, self-doubt, and guilt to convince you that change is bad and THAT leads to inertia. As humans, we take comfort in our core beliefs and what we perceive to be our role in the world. By living inside the bubble of that knowledge, we continue to accept our situation but that will eventually force us to make a change, often from a place of deep suffering.
WHAT WE SHOULD BE AFRAID OF IS STAYING THE SAME – STUCK ON THE PROVERBIAL FENCE OF LIFE, NEVER HAVING QUITE ENOUGH CONFIDENCE TO TAKE THAT LEAP OF FAITH.
Change brings the possibility of worse, but change also brings new opportunities, new people, and a new perspective.
So when you find yourself in this position, pondering these ideas may help you take that leap of faith.
- Feeling stuck is a sign that it’s time to make a change
- Even the tiniest possible step is progress
- You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward
- NOTHING CHANGES IF NOTHING CHANGES
- New beginnings can feel like endings
- Beautiful things happen when you clear your life of all the negativity
- Believe what your heart tells you, not what others say
- Stop overthinking – whatever happens, happens
- If it’s meant to be, it will happen at the right time, at the right place and for the right reasons
- Your best is yet to come…