Fear of Change

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” –Gail Sheehy

I have always been one who is accepting of change. Maybe it’s due to my father being retired Air Force and us traveling the globe every 2-4 years. Having to pick up and move, make new friends, enroll in new schools, live in different countries, eat foreign food, speak other languages. That could all have something to do with my adaptability to change. However, I truly believe it is in my blood. The desire for change is deeply rooted in my being. Like the quote says, without change there is no growth and I have always been infatuated with growth.

So, what about those who fear change? Those who live day to day, month to month, year to year, lifetime to lifetime without stepping into the unknown? Without taking risks? Without daring to do something they’ve never done before, be someone they’ve never been before, go somewhere they’ve never gone before?

What is change exactly? I like Merriam-Webster‘s thoughts on the word: to pass from one form, state, or level to another; to give up (something) and take something else in return; to make different in some way.

Change is progression. Why fear it?

Some people walk around with the same hairstyle, wearing the same clothes from childhood that they can still fit into, talking the same-ole stuff they were talking 50 years ago, staying at the same job they’ve hated for the last umpteen years, maintaining non-committed relationships because they can’t fathom being alone, living in a town they hate because it’s all they know…….

Why is that?

Fear. Fear of change. Fear of growth. Fear of stepping into new territory. Fear of the unknown. Fear of doing something different.

I’m not going to sit up here and act like change is easy. It isn’t. It requires me to set aside what I know in order to accomplish what I don’t, to put down my confidence, my security and conquer what I saw to be unconquerable. It was hard having to uproot and plant myself in new soil in my younger years. But every time I did it, I learned something new, I saw something new, heard new sounds. Every time change happened, I grew.

Currently I am going through a period of change. I am being elevated, promoted, if you will, to the next level in my life. In this change lies a little apprehension. I am doing something I have never done before. I am stepping into new territory and to be honest, it is a little scary. In this lesson, though, I will learn things I would not have learned had I not stepped up to the challenge.

2008 is going to be a year of change for me. It will be a period of newness. Not just because it is a new year, but for the fact that I am doing new things. I will obtain my first professional license (esthetics). I am moving to a new city. I am becoming a vegan (will elaborate in another blog). I am opening my own business. I am going to be a published author (with my own novel). I am going to attempt my first open mic:-) And I am tossing my shy card in an inferno. No time for shyness with all I have planned.

Imagine if I allow fear to keep me where I am now. What a waste! I would seriously deprive myself, not just from pleasure, fun, new experiences, growth, but from life as well.

If you are reading this, please take a moment to evaluate what you have let fear hold you back from. Have you allowed fear to postpone the blessings in your life? Have you allowed fear to halt your life all together?

Remember, without growth you are not really living. Take charge and make the necessary changes. I will be right here rooting right along with you.

Blessings & Prosperity!

This is Jewells signing out…

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