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Making Change: Life's Main Hurtle

Change is what makes us human. It is a natural way of life as we know it- integral to growth, both physical and emotional. Change occurs whether we are ready for it or not, and sometimes we do everything we can to abstain from change because the fear of the unknown holds us back. Do you consider yourself fear-based? Or a worrier? Do you make decisions or choices based on your fears about what will happen or do you think about the rational and realistic consequences to situations? If you answer yes to any of these questions or know people who would answer affirmatively, then this article is for you.

One of the biggest obstacles in getting life on track can be a person's comfort level with making change. Many people dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or stress seem to be stuck in the same unhealthy patterns. Without making even small changes to how we go about doing things, you will get the same result by making the same actions. This seems rather simple, but for many people suffering from negative life issues, actually doing something different can feel scary and foreign.

It is important that if you decide to keep engaging in the same patterns of behavior, the outcomes will almost always be the same. If you truly want to feel better about yourself and your life situation, consider how you can change the ways you go about doing things. This can be as minor as discontinuing that unhealthy relationship with an acquaintance to something as major as changing careers or moving locations. Always ask yourself, is the reason I am unwilling to change because I am scared or worried about the consequences? Then follow that question up with what are the possible outcomes or worst case scenarios. Typically the worst case scenario, realistically speaking, is actually not that bad. Get comfortable with the what if's and prepare yourself for possible negative and positive outcomes. Without change, everything will stay the same.

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