Saturday, July 24, 2010

Change is Hard Work

Change is Hard Work! No secret here—is it? Common knowledge…perhaps that probably why most of us stick to the ole status quo. Good is Good Enough.

We all want more, yet to get the tangible rewards of the want, the want requires change. Small Want—Small Change. BIG Want—Big…well, you get the idea. And here, Ladies and Gents, is where the train jumps off the track. The Want just ain’t worth the effort. CHANGE effort, that is.

Corporate America promotes: Change is Good! Many of us have experienced this faux change-is-good alternate reality. Double-talk for something is about happen to one of us. Perhaps a layoff or two, team-project redistribution, or an outright, we don’t need you anymore.

Change can become a two-headed monster. Stressing us to grow and expand while simultaneously putting pressure towards the negative. Damage to the senses, body functioning, and mental distress. Change is constant…in the plant world, animal kingdom, and human societies.

Change is evitable. Yes, it is evitable that something or someone will come along and shake things up. Rock our world and flip us upside down unto our heads. The reality is that we secretly hate change. I want things to stay the same. It often said that, the only constant thing about change is change itself.

My theory is that change reflects our feeling of loss of control. And control equates to power. Hence, when we are challenged or threatened by change, we feel a loss of power—we feel powerless. But what can we do about it?

Nothing! We do nothing. No strategy, No fixit, no dodging the bullet. Simply nothing… Best-selling author, personal development guru, and spiritual seeker Guy Finley teaches: Resistance to the resistance IS the Resistance.

To test this insight, simply watch a flowing brook of water for a few minutes as it travels along. The water, as it flows downstream, bumps against a rock. What happens next? You guessed it goes over/under/around but never does the water go through the rock.

Coming back full circle, we have begun to realize that to change jobs, relationships, finances, personal fitness, educational achievement, or even our own self-confidence and esteem involves change. Realizing this, we sheepishly admit this—Change is Hard Work!

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