Not one to shy away from change. I sometimes must resist shouting at others. “Your life sucks because what you are doing is not working! Nothing is going to get better until you change!”
Is change your friend or foe? If it is your enemy. Perhaps it is the chaos that is inherent in change that you hate.
The ancient Greeks identified chaos as the beginning of the beginning— a time of darkness.
Mathematicians and scientists refer to it as a specific kind of unpredictability. In which tiny variations can potentially affect giant and complex systems.
According to behaviorists. Chaos is responsible for unpredictable and irrational behavior.
Darkness. Unpredictability. Irrationality. Is it any wonder so many avoid and are fearful of change?
Nevertheless, If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. YOU OR SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE MUST CHANGE!
I know this is easier said than done, but it is possible!
MAKE ONLY ONE CHANGE AT A TIME.
Experts tell us establishing new habits can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days. Thanks to conditioning. The brain prefers to travel down familiar pathways. Change requires constructing new pathways in the brain. The time required to build these new pathways varies. Dependent upon the difficulty of the activity being learned and your level of commitment.
ENVISION THE FUTURE.
Ask yourself. “What happens if I don’t change?” and “What happens if I do change?” Use words, pictures, a song to describe each future. In the beginning refer to it daily, and whenever your motivation is waning.
ACCEPT DISCOMFORT AS PART OF THE PROCESS.
Change requires leaving your comfort zone and embracing the unknown. Gather information about the change and possible difficulties you will experience. Forewarned is forearmed.
TAKE BABY STEPS.
Slow and gradual modification is more likely to result in a permanent change. Make a to do list— a growth plan to help you stay focus. Initially implement rituals. Which will hasten the formation of a new habit— change.
CELEBRATE SMALL SUCCESSES.
Do not wait until the finish line to celebrate. Pat yourself on the back each time you accomplish one of the baby steps. Keep a journal and record whenever you make a positive choice.
CHANGE TAKES TIME.
Accept the truth that change does not occur overnight. You will need to persevere.
Embrace change because NOTHING stays the same. Or in the words of John F. Kennedy.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
Be a VOICE in the deafening sound of sameness!