Welcoming Change in Your Life

Why is it that we’re so afraid of change? For some, even the smallest deviation from their normal routine spells an entirety of devastation.


Sometimes change isn’t all that you expect it to be. Take losing a job for example. One minute you’re financially secure, the next minute you’re looking on job sites for pretty much anyone that will hire you. Seems pretty shitty on the surface right? But what if that career change was exactly what you needed, even if you didn’t know it in the moment?


What if your boss was a dick and your old job was about as satisfying as having a tooth pulled? What if it opened up the possibility for a new career; one that brings even more passion and fulfillment? Change sucks in the moment because we all like to do the things that are familiar to us. It’s in our nature to go after the routine. But while we’re focusing on the “here and now,” wallowing in our self-sorrow, we fail to see the opportunity in change.


The hardest part about all of this, about changing, about moving outside of what’s familiar, is that no one can predict the future. You never know if that leap of faith is going to turn out in your favor or make your life more miserable. But you’ll never know if you don’t try. If you never try, then you’ll forever have that thought in the back of your head of “What if?” The worst thing to live with is regret, mainly because you can do nothing to change the past.


It’s time to take a chance. Go after what you’ve been afraid to do for so many years. Jump out of the airplane and build a parachute on the way down. Change is scary, but you welcome it.


Jon Griffith specializes in optimizing performance for firefighters & police. Jon is a personal trainer, firefighter, and former U.S. Army infantryman. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and 3 cats.

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