I’ve never considered myself one to resist change, but if you ask my kids they would differ. I have not significantly changed my hairstyle in…ummm……let’s just say “many” years. Believe me, my teenage girls have looked through pictures and know exactly how long it has been. So…guess what? Ten days ago, I cut my hair above my shoulders for the first time since my (almost 18 yr. old) child was a baby!!!!
Why do we resist change??? My guess…FEAR! Fear of the unknown. Isn’t that why we all resist change? We are comfortable with our present state; we know what to expect, and there is no guessing the outcomes. We often resist changing our outer appearance, but more importantly, we resist internal changes; we don’t change our mindset.
If we spend decades telling ourselves we can’t achieve a goal, does that make it true? Of course not! It is never too late to change! We often miss great opportunities because we have convinced ourselves that we can’t, because we haven’t.
What if the reason you “haven’t” is because you think the change must to be instant? Try taking smaller steps. Tiny steps toward positive change, are still steps. For me, I took a leap with the haircut. No, I haven’t adjusted to it yet, but that’s okay; it’s okay to take time to process change.
As the new year approaches, be confident enough to get out of your comfort zone. Don’t get stuck in the mindset “this is how it has always been”. Yes, for me getting a haircut was scary; so was moving to a new town, starting a new job, being a stepmom…the list goes on. My point is, change can be scary, but it can also be fun, empowering, and amazing all at the same time!
Happy New Year!