Side Effects of Change
Written by: Sabine Roggermeier; Immersion Coaching
We live in marvelous times, times of change.
Change comes to us in various forms. It can be “forced” upon us, such as when we get fired or promoted. Or, we may see the need for change, either for us personally or even globally.
In my life I have noticed a pattern with change. When opportunities for change come up, it’s because the change is ready to happen and we’re capable of that change, not because we’re unable to create a different outcome. So trust that when change appears in your life you have it in you to shift into something new no matter how hard that seems to be.
As we strive for change, whether internal or external, there comes a phase of transition – letting go of the old and calling in the new. When you walk down the path of change, don’t be surprised by moments when your heart feels heavy. Even with changes for the much better such discomfort can appear. Simply remember that this uneasiness is not a sign that you’re on the wrong path, but of your brain’s hesitation to get used to the new or your psyche’s good-byes to the old.
Stay focused on the new. For example, if you want to let go of an old habit such as your sweet tooth in front of TV at night, find something to replace it with so there is no “empty space” for the old to creep back in. It’s just as Socrates said: “The secret to change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new.“
This week’s Immersion Coaching homework:
What new thing do you have in your life, that you LOVE? Make a mental image of this to hold in your mind.
Bonus: Pull that image up as quickly as you can – even just a flash! – when something you “don’t want” is happening in front of you.
Focus your energy. Protect your energy. The only person who controls the images in your head is you. That is self-empowerment in motion.