Health & Happiness Collective
What is Change?
Have you been saying things such as
- why do the whales gets hunted?
- why is there so much hunger in the world?
- isn’t it sad to see so much war in the world?
- isn’t it awful that those children were molested?
These questions make us dwell on what is not right in the world, or even in our world. Mahatma Ghandi stated that WE must be the change we wish to see in the world.
This is so very important when we are wishing for things to be different, we need to begin within, to make the changes we wish to see. One person can start a change. Are you that person?
How do you begin to change?
Change begins one step at a time. I have been listening to some podcasts recently, and a couple of their favourite sayings are:
“A Master was once a Disaster”
“Fail falling forward”
In other words, each step forward in the direction of your ultimate goal is a learning step, whether you are taking a positive or a negative step, while always remembering that those you aspire to be like weren’t born a master at the skill. It takes practice.
I find this is a great way to keep focused on the change I am making to my life, rather than focusing on the negative feedback that often occurs in your head when we are making these changes you seek.
What are the first steps to change?
- Always the first step is the hardest – now where have I heard that before?? Oh yes, it’s the lyrics to a song!!
But how true is it? To break a good habit seems to take but a day, to create a good habit, practice, practice and practice again, for 3 weeks according to some studies! It always seems so easy to slide back into bad habits, but difficult to create new habits.
Sometimes the language you use is the obstacle.
Reflect on the sentence above “….difficult to create…” do you notice the obstacle here? Yes, it’s the word DIFFICULT!
Changing your language can be one of the first steps you can take in beginning a change. Instead of using,
…..difficult to create….
…..easy to create……
This can be the very first step you undertake when making changes.
- The next step to change is working outside of your comfort zone.
Extend yourself in areas you have not been comfortable in. Examples of this may be to talk in front of a group of people, where before you were not able to undertake this task. Use groups in your local area to gain the confidence to do this, e.g., the local Toastmasters, or join a new interest group and try talking one on one to a stranger. Remember, it’s all about one step at a time. Extend yourself and you will grow, with growth comes change.
- Lastly, give yourself a daily internal shower
Whenever we are considering change, we initially look at ourselves externally, thinking this will make all the difference to how we move forward in our lives, e.g.:
- new clothes
- new hairstyle
- new appearance
- new tattoo
- new makeup
Does this make a change that is significant to our lives? Does this really allow you to fail falling forward, to learn new ideas or concepts that are outside of your comfort zone?
You need to consider cleaning up the inside of your body as well as the mind!! By cleaning out the toxins that sit within your cells, that eat away at you as much as the negative thoughts eat away at you, you begin a new journey, you take on board CHANGE!
Why change me?
The eternal question:
why do I need to change?
If you have not achieved what you are looking for, is it the scenery that needs to be changed? Or is it you that needs to change? There is a saying that is often reiterated throughout the internet,
…….if you have not got what you want, doing what you are currently doing,
then you need to change what you are doing……
This is a lovely set of reasons for instigating change in you.
What do you feel you are missing in your life? Is it freedom? What does that type of freedom mean to you? Is it financial? Is it time? Is it materialistic? Is it spiritual?
First discover what you are searching for, it makes it easier to instigate the changes you are dreaming of.
Thank you for reading my blog on change, and all of the blogs from the Health & Happiness Collective. It’s been a fun time about change, and if you wish to instigate change, please contact me.