Even when I don't know exactly how to make the changes I want, each day lately, I do something I haven't been doing before. Initiating change takes conscious effort. Tiny little things can set you in motion and it's motion that gets the ball rolling.
When the desire is greater than the effort, it becomes a tipping point. It's sort of a push come to shove kind of thing. We can want change, yet often the want is left wanting because it takes too much out of us to head toward fulfilling that want. That's when the want is outweighed by counter productive actions. A perfect example is losing weight. Until the want exceeds what it takes to change, the weight will remain or rise.
A big obstacle for many is fear and because fear can be cleverly disguised as something else and appear rational and reasonable, you might not even know you're afraid. Changing jobs or quitting a job you despise is often a frightening thought. Fear of not having money to pay for necessities is a very real concern. But when fear paralyzes you and anchors you to a life that isn't healthy, doesn't nourish you, and stunts your personal growth, you need to gain some perspective.
There are ways to downsize your life; many, many ways. The amount of money you can live on may be very different from what your fear allows you to see. An exercise I found beneficial when I was making a huge shift in my life was to not buy anything but what I could buy in a grocery store and it could only be food, medicine, and personal basic grooming items. No make up. No clothes. No books. Just try to go one month without buying anything else. Then add a month at a time until you can easily go 3 or 4 months without buying anything but the absolute bare necessities. It will get you in closer touch with your priorities and help you think clearer. It did for me.
I don't claim to have the answers. I just record observations and personal experiences. I happen to thrive on change. Perhaps that single component is what has defined my life and led me on an unconventional path. It also is what makes it easier for me to try new things and seek new places to call home.
Share with me the process you go through in making changes in your life. What are your greatest obstacles?
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