The Risky Business of Change

We find comfort in a routine. So why do some people feel the need for a change? And is this a positive or negative? Who will be affected by the change? Well, that depends on a lot of factors. What change are you looking for? Personal? Professional? To get you out of a rut? To bring yourself into a safer or better environment? As you can see, change is not just black and white. There are shades of gray.

Whatever your reason, a change can be filled with adrenaline and uncertainty. Change can bring about self-reflection, self-doubt, and personal development. Change can also be very rewarding. Change can lead you to new and exciting experiences.

But, what about that routine you are clinging to? Do you really want to shake up your career? Do you wonder if your environment could be worse so you stay with what you know? The reality is, change will happen whether we like it or not. Your job will morph into new tasks and assignments. Your children will grow and leave home. Your body will tell you it isn’t the same as it was twenty years ago. The change will happen.

Little changes or baby steps are great for tackling goals that make us timid. Smaller goals are less overwhelming. Learn as much as you can so your decision process is supported by what you already know. Then take a step and keep looking forward.

Take your time. Unless there is a good reason to rush, enjoy the journey. Make sure you are good with your decisions even if they are uncomfortable. You are likely to have mixed feelings at some point. Even if the change is a positive one, there may be consequences.

To keep change from being a negative task, keep it positive by looking for the joy in it. What has been good? Take a minute to reflect in a journal, sketch a doodle, track your progress and your thoughts about how it’s going.

Once you have committed to your change, keeping it up may be more difficult than you expect. The 21/90 rule of building habits says that if you commit to a goal for three weeks, or 21 days your goal will now be a habit. Continue the habit for the next 90 days to make that change a permanent one.

In the book Atomic Habits, author James Clear offers a framework for helping you make changes. He also notes that if you are having trouble making a change, the reason might be the method you are using. The math of even a small change looks like this:

1% BETTER EVERY DAY

1% worse every day for one year. 0.99(365) = 00.03 1% better every day for one year. 1.01%(365) = 37.78

-James Clear

Don’t let the fear of change keep you from becoming the person you want to be. Take the risk. Don’t hide from it. Don’t rush it. Embrace the change. Be 37 times better in just one year!

You can attain your goal. If you need help where to begin, contact me to schedule your consultation.

References:

https://www.bustle.com/articles/77336-why-the-things-were-most-afraid-of-are-actually-the-thing s-we-want-the-most

https://bdaily.co.uk/articles/2015/03/12/10-reasons-why-change-is-important-for-personal-develo pment

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