It seems that our human nature is to shy away from transitions in life that may be beneficial for us. As a student of the human behavior I have always been fascinated with how people really do not like change even though ironically change seems to be the only constant in life.
My own personal resolution can be seen through my desire to become a healthier person. In doing so this year I vowed to spend the next two and a half months training for the 5k Grin and Bear It run. The run benefits Healthy Beginnings and Strategic Realty is one of the Papa Bear sponsors (along with Deschutes Brewery). Today, was my first day back at the gym in over 2 months and it amazed me how much of an effort it took to begin my training. For the last two weeks I have pushed off going to the gym and beginning this blog due to by inability to accept change. What is more amazing is how much more beneficial my life would be if I simply exercised more frequently. The revision of my habits would equal more energy, feeling better about myself and improving my overall physical health. However, my reluctance towards this life transition has caused hesitation.
While running on the treadmill, my thoughts wandered to how human beings in general avoid changes that are beneficial for them. One transition that always seems to be avoided is moving. As a child I remember hating the process of moving, even if the new home meant a bigger room, larger backyard and overall more spacious living. This hesitation even translated into my adult life. As a California native I was extremely hesitant to purchase my first home. Even though purchasing my home meant financial security and a long term investment. Luckily, like most aspects of life, I learned to push through the uncomfortable feeling of change and embrace the benefits that a new adventure had to offer. Looking back it purchasing my home has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.
This makes me wonder how many of us avoid beneficial life changes such as exercising, eating well, moving, purchasing a new home, switching jobs or asking for that promotion because we are simply afraid of being uncomfortable. If a change is awaiting any of you I hope that you have the courage to take the challenge and see what adventure awaits you.