Two days in a row now, I’ve gone for a drive someplace new. It’s not a big change but it’s part of me trying to embrace change.
I hopped into my car and I drove in a completely new direction, a direction I’ve never driven before. I turned down different streets, into different suburbs and ended up in the countryside about 15 kilometres from my house. I discovered quiet little towns I never knew existed and a beautiful, peaceful park with gorgeous gardens and flowing streams. If I hadn’t decided to embrace change, I would have never discovered it.
Why is change important?
Change is not easy for everyone, venturing outside your comfort zone can be difficult but, in doing so, it will not only release you from the groundhog day like feeling of doing the same thing but it will help you grow and learn more about yourself. I’m a big believer in that if you want to grow and if you want to go places, you have to take some risks and embracing change is one of them. Change is good.
Change is good
Sometimes we tend to stick with what we know and what we’re comfortable with, don’t we? It’s human nature to prefer comfort over the unknown, it’s the predictability and sense of control we like to have. But, breaking that security net can often have surprising outcomes. One of the biggest and somewhat left field changes we’ve made as a family was our tree change from a big modern brick house to a little old workers cottage in a new suburb a half hour away. The change was refreshing, I enjoyed discovering the new surrounds, experiencing a garden I’ve never had before and I’ve met many people and made new friends.
Although things, like driving a different route or eating at a new restaurant, may seem like really small changes, it’s also the small changes that you make to your daily life that bring about benefits and often, these can help to conquer the big or unexpected changes.
Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change. -Jim Rohn
Why you should embrace change
By no means do you need to go out and buy a new house to experience the benefits of change, even the smallest changes on a daily basis can make a difference. Here are some reasons why you may want to make tomorrow your first day of embracing change.
Change is all about taking that next step and if you don’t do it, you won’t progress and you will never know. You will never discover a new park, a new food that you love, a new restaurant, a new ability or a new found love or hobby.
Whether you thrive on routine or not, routine can get a little mundane and boring. With just a few small changes here and there, routine can still be routine but with a twist. Perhaps you might try buying your coffee at a different cafe, get off the bus a stop early and walk to work, visit a new park with the kids or cook a meal you’ve never had. When you embrace change it’s like adding a bit of spice to your life!
I challenge you to start making a few small changes in your life to see how it makes you feel. Remember, when you embrace change you’re growing and adding to your story.
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