By Effie Rolfe, Chicago Crusader
Become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Recently, my sister shared a weekly lesson from the Curves fitness club’s member guide about embracing change. The first three words of the lesson are ‘change is difficult’. We all know this to be very true. Most can attest that change is still difficult even when it promises to have a positive impact on our lives. For any change of habit, to have a chance to take root, we must have a step-by-step plan of action. To merely jump into change for emotional reasons is not likely to produce a lasting effect.
In order to get through the pain of dealing with change, you must become comfortable with being uncomfortable.
You must believe that the change is for the better, and that it will not always involve the difficulty that it now does. You must be willing to look for bright spots in the midst of what seems like misery. It’s my belief that the fear of not doing a thing must become greater than the fear of doing it. Not until you become truly disgusted with the status quo and mediocrity of life, are you willing or even forced to move ahead to untapped territory. That new territory is fertile ground waiting to grow you into the full potential of your dreams and destiny.
Change is about fear—false evidence appearing real. Fear is why the average person would rather stay in a miserable relationship, surroundings and circumstances than forge ahead.
Motivational Speaker, Les Brown shared a quote that ‘Most people would prefer a known hell rather than an unknown freedom.’ Why, because, it’s human nature to fear the unknown? This is why everybody wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die.
Fear of the unknown is what causes people not to fully embrace change. Thus, the average person is afraid to play so they die with their music still in them. For this reason, the richest place on earth is and has always been the cemetery. Far too many God given gifts and talents have wasted away because of fear.
This is also the primary reason that public speaking is ranked closely with life changing events such as the birth of a child, marriage, death of a loved one and moving to a new home. Needless to say that fear is simply an immobilizer—it paralyzes rather than allows freedom of movement.
What have you allowed to prevent you from moving forward? It’s time for you and me to get out of our comfort zones and become uncomfortable enough to live the life of blessings that God predestined.
The only way to ever experience this life is to get up and move away from your comfort zone into your new world of freedom. Once you start moving—change is inevitable. You can succeed, you have done more difficult things than this, and you have what it takes to follow this plan.
Will you become comfortable with change…?
Effie Rolfe is an Author of “Supersize Your Thinking,” Media Personality and Motivational Speaker. You can contact her effierolfe.com or on twitter.com/- effiedrolfe. Listen to her show daily on urbanpraiseradio.org (2015 Stellar Award Winner for Best Internet Radio Station)