Why is change so hard?

Just wanted to share this oldie, but goody to start off our Mondays.

One of my clients and I talked about why change is so hard for all of us and how over time, we get used to falling and experiencing that same cascade of negative emotions (over and over and over).

However, we also discussed the changes that do occur once we start taking responsibility for ourselves and our own happiness. Once we stop blaming others for falling.

What about you? Do you want to walk down a different street?

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“Chapter One of My Life. I walk down the street. There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in.
I am lost. I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It still takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter Two. I walk down the same street. There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I’m in the same place! But it isn’t my fault. And it still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter Three. I walk down the same street. There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it there. I still fall in. It’s a habit! My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.

Chapter Four. I walk down the same street. There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

Chapter Five. I walk down a different street.”
― Portia NelsonThere’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

 

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