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  • Change is a funny thing. It’s inevitable while at times preventable. We often want change in our lives and romance it. We envision all the good that will come from it including a brighter, happier future. The downsides are minimized and our present made to seem less good. Howeve,r once presented with the opportunity we run away from it.

    We get scared. Our minds run rampant with all the reasons why we can’t change. Why it’s bad and what will happen. We think about every conceivable scenario. Suddenly our present situation looks better than before. Best to not to rock the boat we tell ourselves. And so we often talk ourselves out of it.

    Our minds play many tricks on us. Colored by all of the experiences we’ve had in our life, they try to predict the future while fooling us into believing that what’s in front of us isn’t good enough. At the same time, we want to cling on to the familiar. The tried and true.

    Which is right? Who knows really?

    Living a full life is about embracing change. Getting out of your comfort zone is the only way you’re going to expand your mind. Particularly if this is change you’re initiating versus change thrust upon you. Status quo is a risky place to stay very long as you’ll be left behind in time.

    I often think about the movie Sliding Doors about how one woman’s life changes dramatically based on making the subway or not. While this is a mere romantic comedy, the notion of how different a path your life could take based on small and large changes is powerful.

    Wouldn’t it be great to be able to live two parallel lives then pick the one we like best?

    When change knocks, take time to know why it’s there. Don’t close the door on it as it might be telling you it’s time. Seize that moment while cherishing the present. Know that once in the midst of change, it’s likely not nearly as scary as your mind told you it might be. That’s your brain trying to stop you taking the leap.

    Most of us don’t take the opportunity. We wait far too long preferring the safe life to the adventurous one. At the same time we envy those who make the most out of each opportunity. Lucky we call them when they’re really normal people like us who happen to lean into the change. Most of the fears we have exist only in our mind.

    Give yourself permission to lean into the change. Be one of the lucky ones.
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