I like to dip my toe in the water first, and then gradually wade into the ocean. The water seems shockingly cold at first, but by the time my whole body is under, it’s not so bad. After a few seconds, the initial discomfort fades and I start really enjoying myself. Interestingly enough, this is how I approach just about everything in my life. I’m a turtle at heart – slow and steady. And like turtles, we only make progress when we stick our neck out.
Action brings about change – but it often requires some discomfort at the first.
If you want to make a change in your life, choose one small action, schedule it on your calendar, and tell a friend to hold you to it. Don’t wait until the conditions are just right – until you feel motivated, or lose weight, or change your environment. Because ‘someday’ may never come.
Act, despite your fear, self-doubt or insecurity. Act as if you are fearless, confident and capable (your thoughts and feelings will catch up). Sometimes we have to stop over thinking things (that’s what keeps us stuck) and find the courage to leap.
Don’t just dream it, do it.
Is there a change you’ve been contemplating? An important conversation you’ve been putting off? A risk you’ve been hesitating to take? But you’re afraid? Just stick your toe in, despite the initial discomfort; despite all the excuses why you ‘can’t’, ‘shouldn’t’ or ‘aren’t ready yet’. And before you know it, not only will the discomfort dissolve, you’ll wonder why you were so hesitant in the first place. On the other side of risk and discomfort is an opportunity to enjoy the rewards – and have the life you’ve always wanted.
“It’s not enough to stare up the steps unless we also step up the stairs” – Vance Havner
What change have you been wanting to make? And what’s one action you will commit to taking now? Please share in the comment section below so we can support you.