Often times, when people try to make a change in their life, they start off with the best of intentions.
Then, that change makes them feel a little uncomfortable. That discomfort is called breaking out of your comfort zone, and it is perfectly natural and normal.
It is often the case that people revert back to their old ways because, when they are no longer in their comfort zone, they feel threatened and afraid of failure.
“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” – John Maxwell
Breathe Into the Discomfort
In yoga, when we are on the floor in a deep stretch, the only way to break through that tension is to breathe through it. When we come to what we perceive as an edge to our flexibility, we can use our breathing techniques to soften that tension and make small advances in our range of motion.
The same principle can be applied when you want to initiate a change in your life, but that change makes you uncomfortable.
Breathe through the sensations of anxiety and panic that occur when you begin to make changes. Remind yourself of why you want the change to occur in your life, and keep making small advances toward the goal.
“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” – Raymond Lindquist
The Beauty of Change
When changes happen in my life, they often make me more aware of the present moment because I am not operating on autopilot. Personally, I really enjoy that sensation of slowly thinking about every step because it is not routine.
If you allow it to be, change can be a beautiful experiences. You can deepen your awareness of the world around you by paying more attention. You can also become more self-aware by noticing your reactions to the change that is occurring.
It is important to remind yourself that you will be OK and that you are making these changes to better your life. Success does happen, as I showed you in yesterday’s post by my friend Barb’s weight loss success.
“The key to change… is to let go of fear.” – Rosanne Cash
Keep focusing on the goal if you want to achieve it. If you lose sight of the finish line, you are liable to get off track and lose your intention.
And remember, you can accomplish your goals if you believe in yourself! Remind yourself at least once a day, every day, what your goal is and that you will accomplish it.
Your success is up to you. If you only focus on success, you will forget to be afraid of failure!
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar