Igniting the Power of Change

Let’s just get it out of the way and say it: “Change is scary and frightening. At the very least, it is uncomfortable, uncomfortable with a capital ‘U.’”

This is the undeniable truth of the matter: Change is always uncomfortable… even when it is welcomed change. Making that shift from the known to the unknown, even when it involves moving from an unhappy or undesired known. It is uncomfortable and scary because you are making a move to the unknown and uncertain, to a place where you don’t know what exactly you will find. Is it better or worse than the place from which you are coming? Will you find what you expected? Will you be happy once you get there? Will those around you support you during your time of change and cheer you on to your destination? These are only a few of the many questions still left unanswered, and they will remain unanswered until you travel the road of change and discover where it leads.

Yet, there is good news to be found in change. Yes, it’s scary, unsettling, uncomfortable, and can be so very stressful, but change, in and of itself, is not inherently “bad.” Change can be exhilarating and energizing, and exciting, and more-so, it can lead you to places that you have only been dreaming of up until now. Change is full of positive charge, but we have to know how to take control and own that change to truly ignite the power it holds. And when we do, we can utilize change to become a vehicle that will transport us to a destination of extraordinary living!

Change is of two types. The first type is change that comes from within, and this is, more often than not, a welcomed change where we are the one initiating the change. It is a change that we have decided on and take specific steps to begin and follow through. We usually have a specific goal we are trying to reach, but sometimes the destination can initially be hazy if our motivation for the change is to move or break away from something or someone in our life. This internal change is characterized by a motivation and willingness from within.

The second kind of change is external and is generally forced upon us. Typically, we exhibit more resistance to this kind of change. External change can cause a great deal of stress and emotional upheaval because it comes without our having made the choice for change. Such change can be the loss of a job, unforeseen economic challenges, an ending relationship, or even the passing of a loved one. The upheaval, apprehension, and dread associated with change is felt most with this externally-initiated change.

Regardless of whether the change is internal or external, it can be the wake-up call that startles you out of mindless slumber and wakes you up, and that can be a very good thing, because being awake is beautiful.

If you face loss of job, you might be awakened to a desire to change the type of work you had been doing or to going back to school or pursuing a passion left to gather dust. Being cut loose doesn’t have to mean being hung out to dry. You have a wealth of skill and talent, and you can find a way to put that wealth to work for you.

If you are faced with unforeseen financial difficulties, you might discover through the challenge the different areas of excessive wastefulness in your life. Many of us have been deeply affected by the consumeristic society we live in. We buy far beyond our true needs: we have more clothes in our wardrobes than we ever wear, more knick-knacks around the house just waiting to be dusted, more gadgets and thingamajigs that were purchased on a whim, more shampoos and hand soaps, creams and conditioners than will fit on the bathroom shelves, and more cable channels than we could ever watch, and on and on it goes. There are so many areas of spending that are truly needless. Being forced to change our lifestyles when faced with economic challenges can open our eyes to the freedom of minimalism and living debt-free. The process of going through the change itself may be difficult, but having a clear end-vision can give us that extra momentum to get us where we want to go.

The ending of a relationship can provide the opportunity to reconnect with oneself, to discover with more clarity who you truly are, what you enjoy doing, and what you want to do in life. You have the chance to realign yourself with dreams given up or compromised. And then… you have the great chance of starting a new relationship with someone who supports and gives life to your dreams and to whom you can happily return such positive energies.

Even the passing of a loved one and all of its emotional difficulties can awaken us to the uncertainty of tomorrow and the brevity of life. This realization can bring us to the beauty of appreciating those loved ones who are still around us and enjoying the experience of living each moment of our lives.

Whether the change you are facing is internally or externally driven, you are the one in control of your life. You are the one who decides whether to sit on the couch in despair and defeat or to claim this change as your own and truly ignite the power within it.

Change can only happen in the present moment.

Change has never, and will never, occur in the past — sitting and dwelling on “should have’s” and “could have’s” has never changed the present. We can certainly find lessons embedded in the past, but change does not occur there. Change also doesn’t happen in the future — daydreaming about what you’d like to do or where you’d like to be or who you’d like to be with will never make that hope a reality. Yes, we can find our visions and goals in the future, but change doesn’t occur there either. Change can only happen in the present moment.

Change can only happen now, so grab this moment and do something, anything that will take you to the place you want to be, that will make you the kind of person you want to become, that will enable you to pursue the kind of prosperity you long for — in short, take that step towards making your extraordinary life a reality.

Throw away, erase the imagined boundaries you have drawn for yourself, and throw open the gates wide. Stretch out your arms and embrace the freedom, the endless possibilities that await you beyond those gates.

Change is your invitation to something new and grand. So, make it an adventure.

All it takes is for you to realize that change is not the shackles forcing you into servitude that you have imagining it to be, but rather, change is a powerful force waiting to be harnessed and to propel you into an amazing new reality, into a truly extraordinary life!

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