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Whenever I ask for change, it’s the one thing I’m sure I’ll get. Actually, it doesn’t matter whether I ask for it or not. But the thing is, the process of change can be overwhelming. Ever been in a classroom or work or relationship setting where it felt like everybody was smarter, better, faster and more adept at it than you? I’ll raise my hand on that one and admit that nothing about it feels good. In fact, when the learning or experience curve feels too steep for my comfort, that’s when I’m inclined to leave. But what we know about the comfort zone is that it’s not where the change happens.
There are lots of ways to leave or run.
NOTE: attempting to fit in trim our edges can also be an aspect of running from change (not to mention running from the present).
Here are some examples. – Information overload can cause us to space out, daydream – Emotional challenges may send us to the fridge, TV, booze… – Intellectual mountains can cause us to quit too soon, turning on ourselves with insults and doubt – Cultural discomfort can increase our desire to assimilate, downgrade our true selves and seek acceptance from the group
– Fear of finishing and producing may court procrastination and delay
Here’s where ENCOURAGEMENT comes in. There will always be myriad reasons not to go embrace change or to do the new thing. And you might not always have me or on hand to cheer you on with my light and rainbow magic. Even so, I ENCOURAGE you to stay. Stay in the room, in the lesson, in the difficulty that has come as a test for your growth. Especially if you feel like you’re the only one who ‘doesn’t get it.’ My friend Walker once told me, ‘Without a test, you don’t have a testimony.’
Simply put, we won’t make it through our challenges to our reward unless we do.
The act of caring for ourselves through change and challenge is an act of ENCOURAGEMENT. Today, when there’s no one else around to amp you up, honey, help yourself! ENCOURAGE YOURSELF.
Help yourself by: – reminding yourself of previous hurdles you’ve cleared.
– keeping a picture in plain sight—even if it’s in your mind’s eye—of why you love being you.
– asking a loved one to surprise you with a call or text of a supportive word or phrase. – playing songs that lift your spirit. – calling in Divine resources to help you stay present and calm.
– breathing from your belly, releasing whatever’s trying to keep you stuck in the low vibration of fear, frustration and doubt.
ENCOURAGE yourself by continually reaching for the best that’s in you. I’m fond of calling it the Inner Awesome. Today, I ENCOURAGE you to turn toward yours in the moment, reminding yourself what’s true and good about you, about the situation, no matter how it looks on the surface. Because our best lessons are rarely pretty. Am I right?
Expect a positive outcome, knowing you’re fully capable of achieving it. That way, you’re more likely to get it.
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