Today I am beginning a series on change. Change heralds a new growth experience! So let’s go 🙂
You are poised for change! It is a New Year and what better time to look at changing your life for the better. I don’t know what is happening in your world, but you are here, reading this blog, and that says something to me. What we need to do at the outset is set a foundation for change to take place.
Let’s start by looking at what change is :
Definitions of Change
Wikipedia’s definition of change is : The process of becoming different.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary puts it this way: To make radically different, transform, to give a different position, course, or direction to. To replace with another, to make a shift from one to another, to undergo a modification, to become different, to pass from one phase to another, to undergo transformation, transition or substitution
The Free Dictionary has this definition : To give a completely different form or appearance to, to lay aside, abandon, or leave for another.
And Dictionary.com defines change like this : To make the form, nature, content, future course, etc of a thing, different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.
What great definitions of change! Did you catch the words? Radically different – transformed – modified – to become different – different form & nature – substitute. Does it make you think of a butterfly? It does for me. A butterfly goes through a transformation, a metamorphosis, a CHANGE! It is RADICALLY DIFFERENT from what it was, it’s whole FORM AND NATURE has changed. It is TRANSFORMED from a creature who lives it’s whole life on a leaf who only sees black and white, to a beautiful butterfly that sees colour, is colour, and flies free! Don’t you want that kind of CHANGE in your life? I guess you do, because you are still reading this blog post, and I am excited for you!
However, change is not easy, but it is essential if we are to grow. If nothing changes, well, nothing changes! I’ll be honest with you, I don’t like change either! But I long for it! And there is the paradox. Change means coming out of our comfort zone, and that can be scary. I remember Dawn French, the UK actress from Vicar of Dibley, saying in an interview on the Parkinson show, she was talking about a stage play she was doing, and she said, “My only reason not to do it is fear – and that’s the very reason I must do it.”
And for you, and me too, its the same thing. If we want to grow, there is only one way… CHANGE!
Change Heralds A New Growth Experience
Without the courage to change, we stay exactly as we are. And that is NOT why you are here. You are here because you are CHOOSING CHANGE.
At this point, there is one question that I need to ask you…
What are you willing to let go of?
Is it fear? Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of what someone else may think? Is it insecurity that’s been hanging around for a while, maybe a feeling of inadequacy, or that gnawing feeling that you’re not worth it? That you don’t deserve it? It could be an old habit that you need to say goodbye to, or procrastination, worry, or negative self-talk.
Whatever it is, be honest with yourself. That’s the first step to coming into something new and exciting. And I am excited for you! The next few weeks could be a wonderful journey of discovery for you.
Each week there will be a short assignment for you to do, questions that will help you look at yourself and your life. It’s important that you get real with yourself.
Here is your first assignment…
What will you STOP doing?
What will you START doing?
What will you CHANGE?
What will you CONTINUE to do?
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments in the comment section below.