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4 Steps to Positive Change

One of the funniest Dilbert cartoons I’ve seen had the caption, “Change is good.  YOU GO FIRST!”

That is how most of us feel about change.   Change is scary.  Even positive change can be a bit uncomfortable until it “fits”.

Change is actually good for us.  Yes, it truly is!   It takes us out of the mundane “ruts” of life as well as makes our brains work in a different pattern.  Have you heard that working crossword puzzles is good for us as we age?   That is because it causes us to stretch.  And it makes us work the parts of our brain that are important to staving off age-related mental and cognitive problems.

How many people stay in bad marriages because they are afraid of change?  The “devil they know is better than the devil they don’t know!”   How many people stay in an unfulfilling career that they chose when they were young and did not have enough self-mastery to make a good decision?

There are many ways we get stuck in patterns, relationships, and habits because we are afraid of change.

Here are 4 steps to take control of your fear:

  1. Look for and list the benefits of the change
  2. Let go of the fear  (What’s the worst that can happen?)
  3. Enlist the help of a support partner
  4. Feel the fear and do it anyway!

 

“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”                                                    ~Mary Manin Morrissey

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Judy W Bell

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