I used to pride myself on liking change. In fact, I found it hard when things stayed the same for too long.
But then why, when it comes to making a few changes in my life, changes I know will transform things, am I so resistant?
I’d dig in my heels, look away and hold my breath.
In life, it seems that we thrive off change and new challenges, even when we hate them at the time. Change forces us to adapt and learn, it’s what makes us grow.
However, I’m all too aware of the repetition we seek out in everyday life. We find comfort in doing things the same way. I catch myself drawn to the same seat on the bus every single time I get on.
And, with a wardrobe full of clothes, why then do we wear the same things over and over again?
I may like it when things in my life change, but how proactive am I at instigating that change and finding new challenges?
I recently read Mel Robins, 5 Second Rule, she explains that we’re hardwired to avoid anything that makes us feel uncomfortable, especially change.
That’s why you’ll never really feel ready to take that leap of faith, or put yourself out there – you just have to make yourself do it anyway.
From getting fit to finding your dream job, Mel says that if it means simply putting one foot outside your comfort zone, your brain will go into overdrive to protect you. It will do everything it can to talk you out of taking action.
Change is scary, staying the same is not.
Change requires action, staying the same does not.
Change is unknown, staying the same is not.
The way I see it, is we have a choice when it comes to change. Each of those 3 sentences can be split in half. One half is negative and the other is positive, it’s up to us which half is which.