We could learn something from the trees. They gage when the season is changing and know it’s time to shed their leaves.
Do they fret about it? Probably not. It’s just what they do.
Humans, on the other hand, have a much harder time with it. We fear it.
I have my own confession to make. I’ve got perpetually cold feet.
Every time I am about to put myself out into the world I act like a 5 year old. My mind says, “I don’t want to” and my brain racks itself, trying to figure out a way not to.
Usually I say to myself, “you’re being childish, snap out of it!” Then my inner voice (who is very honest!) says, “But I’m afraid”. This begins the internal struggle to figure out why and calm those doubts and fears.
I’m no stranger to change. I’ve navigated through many moves, had children, and buried my father. As I’ve been creating my business these past few years, I’m being forced to jump countless hurdles, and I know that there are an infinite more waiting for me.
What I’ve learned is this. Change is necessary for growth. No one has succeeded by remaining an innocent bystander in their life.
Change is not easy (unless you’re a tree!). It requires soul-searching, risk-taking, and putting yourself out there again and again.
Want to hear some of my strategies for facing challenges, head on?
1. Begin…somewhere– Often the task seems overwhelming and it can be hard to know to start. That, in itself, can lead to procrastination which impedes progress. Just start somewhere. Make a phone call, research on the web, tell someone what you are doing- take the first step and often that will begin the process.
2. Be kind to yourself- Allow the 5 year old inside of you to voice it’s opinion but then calmly and firmly state your intentions and follow through, promising ice cream and a bubble bath when everything is said and done!
3. Be Patient- Realize that change requires time to take root and grow. Know that the earth under your feet may be a bit unsteady for awhile. Persevere. Or, as I like to say to my friends who are facing challenges, Hang in there!
4. Seek accountability- Facebook is great for this. One friend of mine has been on a journey to lose weight and has set up a Facebook Page for friends and family to encourage and support her along the way. Another friend has just moved to New Zealand and is posting her observations and travels as a means to bring us along with her during this enormous transition.
5. Learn from the trees- Shed those leaves of negativity, self-doubt, and anything else that is hindering your progress. Sometimes that also means shedding old ideas or attitudes that impede growth.
And speaking of changes…I have some of my own! You may recall that I’ve been taking an online web course in an attempt to learn more about WordPress and revamp my own site. I’ve decided to take some time out to implement what I’ve learned.
Therefore, I will be taking a break from writing this blog for a week or two until I can get those changes in place. Feel free to check in to see how things are coming along, but beware of all the construction dust!
When I return it will be on a Monday, instead of my regular Friday slot. I’ve realized that I would rather contribute my voice as the the week is gearing up instead of as the week is winding down. How’s that for changes?!
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