In my last post, I shared my thoughts about Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote, regarding The Purpose of Life. It’s all about reaching out to experience what life has to offer, instead of being limited by our need to play it safe. If your tendency is to be cautious about any kind of change, how do you go about stretching and growing? Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you view it, when you stay within your comfort zone, it tends to start shrinking, and getting more restrictive as time goes by.
When you decide that you want more from life, what do you do? How do you get unstuck? It’s important to remember that change often happens slowly. It begins with our first tentative step forward into the unknown!
It can be frightening to leave what’s familiar, no matter how unhappy you might be. Every choice we make has a consequence, though! Doing nothing, and staying with status quo, is a choice! It’s so important to remember that time is always moving forward, whether we move with it or not.
Many times, our fear of making a mistake is what keeps us rooted to our familiar way of walking through life. What if we make the wrong choice? What if we don’t know how to do something new in the right way? What if we…? All of these “what if’s” are just different ways of saying that we’re scared. There’s nothing wrong with caution, up to a point. Unlimited fear, though, keeps us paralyzed and unable to move forward — even when we’re not satisfied with our life, when we want more meaning, or adventure, or happiness.
Making changes slowly can help to alleviate quite a bit of that fear. Think about what you want to do differently. Formulate a plan for bringing that change around. Then, break it down into small steps. Move forward, one small step at a time. After awhile, you can look back and see how far you’ve come. Those small steps add up. If you need help, or guidance, reach out for it. Feeling like someone is in your corner, can make a big difference.
Are you ready to take that first magical step? Don’t stay stuck in a way of life that no longer fits you!
Until next time,