The secret to change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new' Socrates
Change is something I have to admit I am not a big fan of.
I like familiarity and I like certainty. I like routine and I things in the right order.
And yet when I realise this (usually because something is coming up that requires change), I laugh at myself.
As if life is ever, in any way, certain!
You see life can change at the drop of a dime. It is precious and magical and weird and wonderful.
Yet when we get stuck in our routine of familiarity, are we really living?
My office building is coming down in the next few months and I've been there for years.
I like it, I am comfortable, it is warm and safe.
And I noticed that when I got told I had to vacate, the first thing I did was feel stressed.
Me, the coach, stressing out. Not the best picture for you, I am sorry.
After my initial stress fest, I sat down, took a breath and asked myself the question 'what the hell am I thinking?'
Turns out it was thoughts like 'I will never find another office as great as the one I have'.
And 'moving office is just so stressful'.
How crazy is that
And then the work begins. I do with myself, what I do with you guys when you are sitting in front of me.
I look for the evidence and I challenge the hell out of my thinking.
How do I 'know' I won't find an office just as amazing, or even better?
How do I 'know' that the move will be stressful, it could be a lot of fun.
How cool will it be to move to a new office maybe with a little garden and maybe get the black labrador I've been thinking about...
Oh yes and there it is.
The thought switch...
I cannot wait to move.
Change is cool. It means you are living and not getting stuck.
Bring it on.