Change is similar to climbing a 14er. At the base, you are motivated and excited for the climb to begin, but once you start climbing, you feel tired and the climb becomes more difficult. You want to give up, but have to push yourself to reach the top. However, once you reach that summit, it is the most rewarding experience and worth the climb.
Change is no different in the fact that most people decide that they are sick and tired of the way that things are, and want to change them. I warn every single client that things are most likely going to get worse and more difficult, before they get better. That is just the nature of the beast.
The common reaction once things get too difficult is to just give up, due to not being fully prepared for how difficult the process would truly be. However, if they push through and reach the summit and are successful in their change, it is the most rewarding experience. They also learn a new sort of trust and faith in themselves in that they were able to make it through the difficult times, and therefore can face anything that they could potentially face in the future.
I love the fact that we come out of change feeling empowered. It makes the process worth the hardships and pain. Often, people do not believe that they have the ability to change and feel too broken to try. However, in pushing through it, you find your inner strength and ability. This experience is life changing.
So what keeps us from originally finding the inner desire to change?
Change is scary! I get that. We tend to live our lives in a way that we find normality. Often times through change, our normalities shift. This is earth shattering for some. It can be very difficult to adjust to a new way of life.
I am a huge believer in the idea that everyone has some things in their life that may not be the best for them. Everyone has areas to grow, but many are too scared to accept that. When being introspective about change, think about the rewards that will come from your hard work.
"Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end." ~ Robin Sharma
Change is an uphill climb, but absolutely worth it. Are there areas in your life that could use some change? What obstacles are keeping you from changing? What rewards could come from changes?