Everyone experiences something at some point of their lives that makes them realize they don’t just have to change but need to change. Does everyone always have these self-realizations? No. And that’s unfortunate. Change is hard and uncomfortable, but in the end ultimately worth it.
What can cause these realizations? Numerous things. A breakup or divorce, a death of a loved one, getting laid off from a job. The common theme among most of them is loss. The overused phrase “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” comes to mind.
In some cases, that may be true—but not always.
Regardless of your reasoning, it is going to be difficult. It is going to be uncomfortable. It is going to make you start questioning things you never thought twice about before. But this is where the magic happens.
It happens when you learn to sit in the discomfort and really take a hard look inward at yourself. That’s when you can begin the process of changing—and healing as well.
I have said it before, and I will continue saying it over and over and over again—I have never seen greater self-transformations than those of people who are finally tired of their own shit.
No one can force you to change. It is your decision and your decision alone. If you’re not doing it for yourself, to be a better person, then you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.
It’ll be tempting to slip back into old routines as easily as you would slide on your favorite pair of comfortable pants. But there’s that word that is the biggest inhibitor of change: comfortable.
Get out of your comfort zone. Get out of your head.
If you’re comfortable, you’re not growing. If you’re not growing, you’re not changing. If you’re not changing, you’re getting left behind.
Sit in your discomfort. Own it. No matter how hard it gets. A beautiful life waits for you on the other side of change if you’re willing to put in the work.
In the famous words of Nike, “Just do it.”