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Do You Have the Courage to Change?

Aug 17, 2007
Self development and improvement is all about change. If we were happy with the status quo, we wouldn't be seeking to improve ourselves, would we? Yet, change requires us to get out of our comfort zone. Change requires a certain amount of risk. Yes, even good changes that we greatly desire require courage. Do you have the courage you need to change in the ways you hope to change?

We human beings are creatures of habit. We get many habits, both things we do and things we think, while we are still children. The parents, teachers, and friends who influenced us while we were young have a lot to do with the person we are right now. If those people programmed us with attitudes of helplessness, fear, or inadequacy, then it is only natural that we want to change these feelings. Yet even casting off negative thoughts requires courage.

One way that change requires courage is that we must be brave enough to take a good look at ourselves. A good, honest look. In what ways do we really need to change? Do I fear failure to the point that I never make a move? Do I have a problem with blaming others or getting angry with them. Many times the areas we need to change are embarrassing to admit. What about admitting that you need to change your diet and exercise habits in order to look and feel good? It requires courage to look at ourselves honestly.

Once you've admitted the need to change, it requires courage to admit that we are ultimately the person to blame for the mess we're in. For instance, part of overcoming a weight problem is realizing that I am the person who holds the fork. Maybe I was taught to like fattening food, and maybe Grandma made me clean my plate, but the choice is now mine. Accepting responsibility for our choices is a necessary part of change, and it takes courage.

Now it's time to face the change, and that can be scary, too. You're used to living a certain way and making certain choices. You're accustomed to the way things are. When you begin to make the new choices, some things are going to feel different. Some differences might be pleasant, but some will be challenging. Do you have the courage to take the challenge?

The people in your life can be a problem, too, when you make the decision to change. For instance, if you've tried to quit smoking or lose weight repeatedly but without success, your family might tease and deride you for trying yet again. In fact, they might be so merciless that you're afraid to even let them know. Remember that they are just going on past experience. They don't know that you are really determined this time. Let their lack of faith motivate you to show them they are wrong!

Change requires risk, and risk requires courage. If the changes you want to make in your life and attitudes are worth it to you, you can find that courage you need. Don't let fear keep you in the treadmill of dead-end habits and attitudes.
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