Feature Article: Implementing and Coping with Change by Kevin Houchin
ďIt gets better, but before it gets better, it gets different. And different is never comfortable.Ē
A friend recently shared that statement with me, and it stuck because it shows how to approach and cope with constant life changes. If youíre not changing, youíre not alive. Youíre missing the point of being on the planet. Youíre missing the experience. Change brings experience. Change is almost always uncomfortable initially, so letís take a look at whatís involved in the conscious type of change.
A business goes broke if it doesnít take inventory. So do we. We need to take a regular inventory of our feelings and goals and see where we need to invest. This review of how things are right now, compared to where we want to be brings an awareness of what we need to do.
Awareness of issues, problems, and tools isnít comfortable. Awareness reminds us that we are not living up to our ideals. Itís a matter of faith and spiritual development to understand that we will never measure up to our ideal, we can only hope for constant progress toward that idea. If weíre never aware of the issue, problem, or tool, we canít move toward the ideal, but before we can take any action, we first must decide to change.
Making a decision---not just considering something---is one of the most powerful moments of human experience. We have to decide before we can act, and until the moment of decision, there can be no real change, progress, or improvement.
Three frogs sat on a log. Two decided to jump off. How many are left? Answer: 3. A decision without action creates no actual change. Once weíve made a decision to consciously change something, we need to spring into action immediately to begin the measurable process of change.
And then it hits. Youíre out of your comfort zone. Youíre acting. Itís different, and different is never comfortable. This discomfort scares most people into inaction. Fear of the discomfort of change, the not knowing, trusting, and faith that the outcome will be better, no matter the outcome, is scary for most people. Thatís why people donít like change.
Eventually, the mud weíve stirred up in the process of making conscious changes settles. The Tao speaks of this when it asks if you can wait patiently for your mud to settle. Before something can settle, it must be agitated. There must be the swirl and flux and discomfort of the process of living. Then it will resolve and youíll be moving into the next phase of your life.
When you can welcome the discomfort as an affirmative sign that things really are changing and have faith that the outcome will be for the best (and better than the current stasis), you may just be able to leave fear behind forever.
How freeing would that be?
Kevin Houchin is a lawyer, graphic designer, husband, father and creative spirit. In his law practice, Houchin & Associates P.C., Kevin advises creative people on how to maximize creativity, build businesses, and protect intellectual property. He is also the founder of The Space Between Center for Creative Spirit in Business, a unique mentorship program designed to equip, inspire and position lawyers and other entrepreneurs to attract and serve their ideal clients in the information age. From vital flat-fee billing schedules to advanced internet marketing strategies, no subject is left uncovered in this groundbreaking mastermind program.
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