When You Need to Make a Change (But it’s Hard)

by Rachel Miller

June 24, 2022

ABOVE : Marlon Alves

Change is uncomfortable. We don’t know what we’re doing. It’s new territory. We’re desperately uncomfortable. We want to cleave to what we know, what has been working all along (or so we think).

Consider:

  • What you’ve been doing up until this point only feels like it’s been working because it’s familiar, predictable, and comfortable. Any new change will feel that way too–eventually.

  • It’s normal to doubt yourself and feel unsure. You’re stepping outside of your comfort zone. Feeling this way doesn’t mean you can’t do it. It just means you haven’t learned how, yet.

  • Get curious. Get excited about the prospect of how this feeling now—this thing that’s new, scary, foreign—will someday feel just as comfortable as the present thing, the old way of doing things. What will you discover? Learn? Delve deep into the possibilities.

  • Uncomfortable is good! It means you’re growing.
    • Remind yourself that it’s going to be deeply uncomfortable for a while. But you will adjust.
    • Trust the process. Take the risk. Who knows, in 3 months’ time, you may look back and wonder how you did this any other way than you are now.

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