Vail Daily column: A journey toward change
Change begins when we have finally had enough, maybe even when we hit the bottom, and definitely when we are just fed up with who, what, and where we are in life.
Change also begins when we simply want to be more, do more, and have more. Change begins when we determine and commit to reaching higher.
There typically needs to be a catalyst – a driver for change – before any true transformation can take place.
There also needs to be an awareness of the potential barriers to achieving the change we want so very badly. The barriers to change are usually the cynical voices within our own heads and even within our own households and circles of friends.
I am sure you already know this to be true, that there have already been so many times in your life when you wanted to change something about yourself, your finances, your job or career, your relationships, or your actions and activities.
But then that little voice inside your head said something like, “What are you thinking about, you can’t possibly do that,” or “Why even try, that kind of change will take time, money, and other skills you don’t have.”
We feed our minds with negative self talk and before you know it we talk ourselves right out of making that much needed and desired change. Sound familiar?
And then there are the people in your life who don’t want to change themselves or see you change or grow. They love the status quo and will do anything and everything they can to derail your plans to evolve into the person you were meant to be, that person inside of you that is just waiting to come out.
They fear that if you become the very best that you can be, that they themselves, your friends and family, may just be left behind.
This is negative energy that we need to be aware of so that when we are ready for change, and we begin our journey towards change, we will also be positioned and ready to not let these influences get in the way of where we want to go, what we want to be, do, and have, and who we wish to become.
Are you ready for change in your life? What are your drivers for wanting change? Take a minute and write down what it is that you want to alter.
After you think about it, write down the “why” or the driver for wanting that change. And again, understand that change doesn’t necessarily mean changing something that is bad. Change is also growing and striving for continuous improvement.
For example, one of my clients wanted to reach for the next level of employment within his existing company. My client was a sales manager and he wanted to move into a regional management role. Why did he want this? A higher salary would allow him to save more money and give him and his family greater peace of mind financially. A promotion would look good on his resume and demonstrate his ability to handle more responsibility. Becoming a regional manger would provide him with more visibility at the corporate office. Regional managers have more fiscal responsibility and he would learn how to better manage budgets and finances for his team, which again would position him for further growth and possibly open future doors.
He clearly identified what he wanted to change and why. After that it allowed us to put a plan in place to get him ready for his potential new role.
When will change happen for you? What do you want to change and why? I would love to hear all about it at email@example.com. Look for something to change and it will be a better than good week.
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