It seems everywhere I look these days people are being called on to make major changes in their lives.
It can feel like crossing a crocodile infested river.
What you want more than anything is on the other side. You know the only viable solution is to take a gigantic leap of faith, but your instincts are screaming “just look at the size of those teeth!”
Sometimes change is fast-tracked in a dramatic way by circumstances beyond your control. Sometimes it creeps up on you. But you know it’s there, because making headway becomes increasingly frustrating, like trying to walk against a gale force wind. Instead of your environment supporting your current priorities, it is now actively working against them.
These major shifts may be in your closest relationships, your health, the company you’re employed by, sudden shifts in market trends, politics or the policies that govern your country.
I’ve been going through it too – complete with sleepless nights and unsettling dreams.
Scary? You bet!
A test of self trust? Oh yes!
Doubting I have what it takes? Frequently!
But at least I know why I’m reacting the way I am; and I know how to counteract the debilitating effects. That’s why I’m sharing this article with you.
If you’re facing a major transition, these tips will help you navigate this process.
Why is the thought of major change so scary? Because our brains are wired to seek pleasurable rewards and avoid pain, fear and discomfort. Our brains protect us by resisting change; by being healthily suspicious of dramatic upheavals—and the danger or turmoil it might entail. It’s a survival mechanism.
So you need to understand the boundaries of your unique comfort zone; the safety stop that protects you from venturing past your panic point.
How do you tell where this panic point is? When your mind urges you to:
The potential consequences of failure can be so frightening, that a host of self-protective strategies kick in.
All of them instinctive.
All of them counterproductive.
So how do you override your brain’s instinctive responses to change?
If you implement these strategies consistently, they will take a lot of the fear out of a major transition, increasing the chances of a successful outcome.
And here’s something you will notice. Once you’re committed to a new direction, the crocodiles get smaller, bridges you couldn’t see appear, and unexpected opportunities and key people often pop up from nowhere.
This is the state in which miracles can manifest.
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