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Feb212012

Pursuing Change

Photo by Linda SamuelsThere are moments when you just know it’s time to do something different. How do you know? Maybe you’re bored or restless. Maybe you’re overwhelmed or disgusted. Maybe you’re just ready for the next challenge. How do you know when it’s time for a change?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve known when I needed to switch directions, tweak, or try something new. There was no formula or consistent timeframe. A certain amount of restlessness would come over me. I wouldn’t notice it at first, but when I did, it couldn’t be ignored. It became time to get creative and begin thinking about what “next” might look like.

Growth and learning accompany change. It also brings excitement that’s both exhilarating and sometimes stress producing.  There is both the thrill of the unknown and the fear of it, yet the pursuit goes on anyway.

Not all changes are monumental. Sometimes they are small shifts in how we think, practice self-care or schedule our days. Sometimes they are big like moving to a new location, switching jobs, or changes in family structure.

All change requires a certain amount of bravery. Seeking change means we have a willingness to do that which we have not done before. So we begin, some more boldly than others. We take one action step and then another until we reach the goal we desire. We are hopeful.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are you chasing change? What are you pursuing? What is prompting you forward?

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Reader Comments (2)

I love what you have written here, Linda. I think change is scary and exhilarating. KInd of like a very big roller coaster that climbs and climbs and climbs until you teeter at the top and then rush downhill. I am chasing change, one very small step at a time.Right now, I'm challenging myself to be more proactive in my business - seeking speaking engagements. Before, I would just let them find me. This is my first little step toward change.

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Diane- What a wonderful visual you've given us of the BIG roller coaster. Often when we're unsure or fearful, we find ourselves "teetering" on the brink of indecision. Then in a moment, we are ready and allow ourselves to just go forward. I know that your "chasing change" will bring you all the speaking engagements that you desire. The flip has been switched and you've taken your next small step. Thank you for stopping by to share.

February 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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