A New Frontier Awaits - Embracing Change

CHANGE - that dreaded six-letter word that so many people despise and often avoid as much as possible. You have heard the saying, "the only constant is change," and "change is inevitable." One of the greatest motivational speakers of all time, Zig Ziglar, says this about change:

"When you change your thinking, you change your actions. When you change your actions, you change your future. When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you don't change your decision to get there. Making a big life change is pretty scary. But do you know what's even scarier? Regret! You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."

These great sayings have inspired me over the years, because I am one of those few people who don't mind change. In fact, I often welcome it or seek it out with great zeal! It can either be dreadful or delightful!

Like you, I have had a number of changes throughout my lifetime. From relocating to another state and facing the fears and unknowns of what life would be like when you leave the only place you have ever known to an unknown place you have only visited once or twice - yet embracing it as the beginning of a new chapter! Losing a loved one in an instant - completely unexpected and tragically eventful - will rock your world with change! Or simply changing careers or employers - albeit often a great expectation, it still comes with some trepidation, fear, and doubt.

"Am I making the right move?" "Am I doing the right thing? "What if it doesn't work out as expected?" "What if I regret my decision to change?" "What if I fail?"

These are all very valid questions we often face when facing a change. The fear of the unknown, our own self-doubt and insecurities, lack of confidence, and discomfort with the logistics of change, often create what we call "analysis paralysis," meaning we "analyze" the situation ad nauseam, to the point we end up doing nothing or stopping the momentum toward making that change.

This leaves us complacent, and then we wonder why we feel stuck. The truth is change can be necessary, exciting, adventurous, welcoming, and thrilling beyond measure!

Think of it this way - when you lose weight and need to buy new clothes. The exciting thrill of trying on new outfits that look good, improve your appearance, and feel new brings a sense of excitement and joy. While some outfits won't fit just right, look just right, or match your personality just right, the great thing is you can CHANGE your outfit!

Every day, we make a decision about what we are going to wear. Depending on our tasks and schedules for the day, we base our outfits on what works for that day's events. We dress professionally when attending meetings, while dressing down when we are doing yard work. We know that dressing in jeans and a sweaty t-shirt is not appropriate attire for a business meeting. Yet, it may be perfectly acceptable if you are a landscaper or construction worker. I wouldn't wear scrubs to a professional gathering - unless I was a medical professional. And I most definitely will not wear a suit to a mud wrestling!

You catch my drift.

The same is true about other changes in our lives. To answer those common questions we so often face, here are some answers to help you out:

"Am I making the right move?" Weigh the benefits of making a move. Whether it is to a new company, new location, new home, new doctor, new love interest, new hobby, or new whatever, write the pros and cons on a piece of paper without too much analysis. In other words