“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” – Alfred North Whitehead
There comes a point in life, everyone’s life, where you go through a change. This could be a small change, like a haircut, or a much larger change, like a total career switch. No matter the degree of change, we all go through it. Change is one of the only constants we have.
Change is not easy. As humans, we are creatures of habit and routine, enjoying our comfort zones. The problem with the comfort zone is that you will never grow inside of it. No one has ever progressed from doing the same thing over and over. That’s actually the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. In order to grow, and achieve something you never have before, you need to go do something you’ve never done before. Knowing all of this doesn’t make the process of change any easier.
Recently, in the past year or so, my whole life has changed. My view of health, fitness, the fitness industry in general, and what it means to be healthy have taken a total 180. Before, my job as a fitness professional meant changing my client’s physical appearances. Now, my job as a fitness professional is to use healthy habits and fitness as tools to change their physical and mental health for the better, with a physical change being an added benefit. I realized that, without your mind being healthy and happy, your body will never be healthy and happy. This threw me for a damn loop. Imagine working for years towards a certain goal and, in the span of a few weeks, turning around and going in another direction. It is scary. It’s scary to not really know my new terrain. It’s what I’m passionate about, but a whole new world to me. However, to start a new subset of health and fitness, I need to put myself out there and show people what it is all about. I have to venture into the great unknown in order to keep growing.
The only mistake we can make when it comes to change is resisting it. Like I stated above, change is the only constant we have in life. To resist change, to resist the world pointing you in a new direction, is to resist growth itself. No one wants to stay the same. We are constantly after the next best thing, the next big thing. How do you expect to become the next big thing, if you refuse to change any aspect of you? The best thing you can do with change (and believe me, this is way easier said than done) is to embrace it. You’re allowed to struggle with it, you’re allowed to be nervous and scared, and you’re allowed to panic. What you aren’t allowed to do, in my mind, is resist. Embrace the change. Embrace what the change can bring to you. Embrace what your life could be after the change.