Making a commitment to change is the second and most critical step to achieving wellness. Although change is the vehicle, making a commitment to change is operating the vehicle and ultimately is what helps you reach your destination!
So many people suffer from chronic dis-ease but we are programmed to go, go and go. Spending our time stressing to get all of our tasks done, including the task of taking care of other people. What happens in the urgency of "get it all done" is we either postpone or we forget about the most important task of all, which is taking care of ourselves! This has got to change!
At some time in all of our lives we seek wellness, whatever that may mean to us. But that usually does not happen until we've put our wellness on the back burner for so long that those very things that we said could wait until tomorrow or next week sneak up on us in the form of symptoms that need treating NOW.
Yet... we don't know how to help the symptoms, so we seek fast relief in order to get back to all of those tasks that are waiting for us. This often comes in the form of painkillers for headaches, sleep-aids for a couple hours of rest and mood stabilizers for lingering sadness. All band-aids for the symptoms of dis-ease which took many months or years of our lives to come to fruition! We need to make a change!
"One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up, instead of what they have to gain." ~Unknown
Many of us are resistant to change. Hearing the word alone can make some people fidget in their seats! Change. The thought of it taps into fear of the unknown. It makes us feel doubt in our capability to reach our goals. When we think of change and facing disruption to our routines, we feel it strong through the emotions in our bodies. Accelerated heart rate, headaches and queasy stomach. The truth is that the fear of change can have profound and negative effects on us!
Yet.... it is the only way to wellness. I will repeat it. You cannot get to wellness without change. Transformation is necessary!
There are steps we can take to achieve change despite the fear we have attached to it. The first step is a change of mind. Making the choice to change and then holding ourselves accountable, not allowing room to give up. Staying committed to that choice. Starting with small things, because the small steps are easier and they lead to big leaps! Keeping focused so that we don't lose track of our goals and having strong support systems
in the people around us.
These things will ease us into the transformation and give us confidence when we start seeing the benefits of the change happening! Being compassionate with ourselves. We need to be able to pick ourselves up and dust off if we stumble and fall on or journey. Lastly, showing up for ourseves. We must be willing to show up for ourselves, our health, our happiness and our transformation!
If you are looking to balance your state of wellness, whether you have just made that decision or if you are at the threshold of change, be committed! Being committed to change is the most important step in getting to wellness but, it is the second step.
The first step is making that choice.
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."