Change is an interesting concept. It’s something that is equally feared and sought. January brings with it a huge wave of change seekers. It seems that one January morning we’re going to wake up and have eliminated all of our bad habits. We’re going to dig ourselves out of whatever rut we’re in and we’re going to suddenly lead a healthier, happier life.
There are two ways change occurs: it either happens to you or you bring it on yourself.
For some reason most people tend to forget about the second part and think that whatever situation they’re in is because of luck or simply the cards they were dealt. However, I believe strongly in your ability to influence the direction of your life. Yes, some things are simply out of our control, but you are always in control of how you respond.
When you feel stuck it’s hard to visualize a way out, but know that there always is. You never have to accept things the way they are if you aren’t happy.
After talking to a few friends it seems the most difficult part about change is this fear of the unknown. The always looming possibility that things may not work out is frightening enough to stop action before it even starts. Sure, having a routine is comfortable–you know what you’re supposed to be doing and generally you know the outcome. If you’re not careful however, you could find yourself stuck wishing you were somewhere else rather than working to be.
Pursuing something different is uncomfortable, but in my experience it always works out it one way or another (success may not be as obvious as you’d like it to be though, remember that).
When you fall so deep into a routine you lose the thrill of life.
Change is what makes life exciting.
Whatever’s got you stressed or feeling sorry for yourself, make an effort to change it. Only you have the power to do so.
Not happy with your body? Move more, eat better.
Hate your job? Network like there is no tomorrow, don’t stop surfing those job boards, and think far outside the box. No one lands their dream job the first time around (or second, or third).
Constantly unhappy in your relationship? It might be time to move on. You know how you want to be treated and there will be someone out there who will go above and beyond your expectations–I promise. Just be patient and openminded.
Change is never easy and it rarely occurs overnight, but the time will pass anyway…so why not go for it?