“If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. If you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.” – Stephen Covey
When I was a little girl, I had no fear. I didn’t know anything about the consequences of my actions. When I failed, I tried again. I didn’t worry what other people thought. I was like a sponge, learning every day, making discoveries, making mistakes, and learning from them.
Think about it, when you’re a child learning to walk, you’re going to fall. That failure isn’t going to scare you into giving up You just do it again. And again, and again. You don’t worry about what other people think, you just keep doing it until you learn. It’s built in. You haven’t been taught fear yet.
As we grow older, fear begins to creep in. Outside influences slowly begin to mold our personalities and behaviors, and take a major role in how we formulate our opinions. We aren’t even aware this is happening.
We learn about worry.
We learn about responsibility.
We learn about consequences.
We develop habits. Some good, some bad.
We form relationships. Some good, some bad.
If you’re reading this, you probably got to a point in your life where you realized what you’ve been doing and how you’ve been living your life doesn’t feel right anymore.
You need something to change.
That’s what happened to me.
I drank so much my brain felt like mush.
I was overweight.
I could be really mean sometimes, even to the people I love the most.
I had no drive, no ambition. I was stuck in a daily cycle that didn’t include anything related to self-development or self-improvement, only self-loathing and self-destruction.
I surrounded myself with like-minded people, and together we dwelt in our “happy” toxic world where we all judged other people, hated those who were successful or physically fit, and anyone else who wasn’t as miserable as us. I acted as if I didn’t care what other people thought, but deep down I really did, and I hated myself for what I had become.
I had all these dreams and grand ideas but I never took any action, never had any follow through.
Never once did I ask a successful person how they did it. I just sat back and would growl to myself, “Must be nice..” Never once did I think about what it took for that person to be where they are today or how much work they must’ve put in to get there.
Fear had completely engulfed me and I either didn’t know it, or I just didn’t accept it and ignored it.
Fear had me in its mighty grip, grasping tighter every day.
Fear of financial problems.
Fear of my health.
Fear of disappointment.
Fear of acceptance.
Fear of life.
No fear of death, though. I had truly gotten to a place where I didn’t care if I lived or died.
Today I don’t let fear rule any aspect of my life.
I’m working on going back to that no fear mentality I had as a small child.
I’m comfortable with my body. It’s not picture-perfect, but I’m not overweight anymore.
I love learning new concepts and sharing what I’ve learned in the hopes of helping others achieve a better quality of life.
I’m not afraid of being wrong or failing anymore. I look at failure as an asset. Something to build on.
I don’t fear my financial situation anymore. It’s still not ideal but I’ve taken steps to educate myself on budgeting and saving for retirement. I’ve shifted my focus on what I can gain later rather than instant gratification.
I quit drinking and wasting time in a bar with the people I thought were my friends. They were really just acquaintances who had the same fears as me, and we just fed off of each other. We were in the same downward spiral pulling each other further and further down.
Turns out, they don’t even miss me. No one from that part of my life ever calls me to ask where I am. They don’t care.
I’ve started forming more healthy relationships with people who have what I want out of life. People who pick each other up instead of judging and putting people down.
I’ve traded negativity for positivity.
I read every day instead of watching TV.
I exercise every day.
I research every day.
I write and brainstorm every day.
I learn every day.
I improve just a little bit every day, and since I’ve made that change, my life has improved immeasurably!
I’m not afraid to try new things, I’m not afraid of change. Change is inevitable. Now that I’ve gotten more comfortable with the concept of change, I no longer fear it.
Change for the better is a good thing, and change for the worse is a learning experience. Which is a good thing.
In order to change your life you have to change your paradigms. In order to change your paradigms, you have to change your attitude.
I’ve found that it’s much easier and more efficient to change myself than it is to change everyone and everything around me, to suit me.
To have a better life, it takes work. But it’s totally worth it!
Don’t give in to fear.
Take action! Change your inner circle of friends if you need to. Nothing is more important than your personal well being. Because without that, you can’t be helpful to anyone else.
Thanks for reading ~ LC