This is a 4 part series on the process of change, the steps that take place and how we can best navigate them. I hope that these help to inspire those of you either contemplating or already going through the process.
Change is often regarded as a scary thing. For some reason we, as a society, have developed an allergic reaction to anything associated with the concept. We have been taught to be afraid of the unknown and taking risks, and value the comfortable and the familiar. That isn’t to say that the comfortable and familiar are evil. Life, in my mind, is a beautiful harmony of the two. However, there are times when we come to the point that the familiar and the comfortable, whether it be people, places or things no longer fit. They no longer hold a place in who we are and how we want to live. That is when it becomes time to embrace the unknown and take risks. There is much beauty to be found in these, and the more we try to incorporate them slowly into our lives the more we begin to understand how important they are to our growth and evolution.
This series is about the process of change, and the steps we go through to initiate it and move through it. It is about learning the beauty of change and gaining the courage to incorporate it into our lives. Here I also share part of my story and how I personally took a leap right into the belly of change.
We all go through our own processes and experience change differently. However I believe that there are still three important steps that are common to everyone:
1) The Incentive: We need an incentive to change, otherwise we just remain in our familiar and what we perceive as secure surroundings. There needs to be a trigger, a push, a realization that our current situation is no longer an option.
2) Pushing Past Our Fears: This is what I call The Precipice. Every one of us reaches this at many different times in our lives. It is that point when we have taken the decision to change and are required to let go of what we know and step off the precipice into the unknown. It is about pushing past our fears and believing that we will grow wings and fly.
3) Discovering a new world: this is the otherside of the precipice, where our dreams, hopes and potential await us with open arms. Where we begin our first steps forward in as a new person in a new life. Each little change transforms us, thereby transforming our surroundings. This is where we begin learning to navigate change and embracing it as a natural part of our lives.
So I invite you to join me and take a stroll through that path that we so often avoid and learn to see it from a different perspective and maybe even embrace it as a friend along your own journey.