Wednesday, July 29, 2020

BUTTERFLIES: Change and Growth

Often we get comfortable in one spot in life. Why not? You perfect your craft and sometimes become an expert in your field of study. Weather it's home and/or work, change is needed for growth. Unfortunately, most of the population loves a routine. Why? For many, growth is an uncomfortable process. Then why do we get bored, feel stagnant, and hesitate to go into a change process? What's nice is everyone experiences growth at their own pace. Here are 4 helpful tools to help you get through a growth process. They are as follows:

  1. Take your time- No one says you have to make a transition over night. Take your time with transitioning. 
  2. Allow yourself to make mistakes- Mistakes means you are trying. Most people do not accomplish their goal on the first attempt. Not accomplishing your goal on the first attempt doesn't make you a failure.
  3. Write down the main goal you are trying to accomplish- This will help you organize your steps and see where you are in the growth process. You can determine how comfortable you are completing the current step. Are you ready for the next step? You may not be, so complete each step at a pace that is right for you.
  4. Reward yourself for every step completed- This step is very important. For every mini-step you complete reward yourself. The reward doesn't have to be big. The reward can be as small as getting a fingernail polish change. You will feel a since of accomplishment, and it will encourage you to go on to the next step. 

* These are a few goals I find useful. Let me know what tools you use to go through a growth process. Please share in the comment box below, and subscribe via e-mail to the right column. Thanks in advance for reading and sharing*


Lshinescott said...

Great is do true that people drag their feet with incorporating change in their lives when those changes could catapult them to the greater heights they are reaching for.

Unknown said...

Somewhere I read, nothing is permanent except change. So true, but so very challenging to change. It's so easy to sink into a comfort zone, and stay there. The times in my life that I recall the most change were also the most difficult times. Times when change was forced upon me because of loss of a person, a job or even a failure. That's when I experienced the most growth or change. Your blog is thought provoking. A small reward for accomplishing change is a wonderful thought. Caretakers aren't usually built to think like that. I would like to make that change in my life. Not a big reward,but something that lets me say, "you did it."

Shawon Henry-Jacobs RN, MSN said...

Thank you unknown for sharing. I'm glad my blog is making you think:-)!. As we move towards goals, I think me need to start looking at failures as mishaps. Mishaps allow us to learn what "NOT" to do. Which means, you haven't failed at all, but have learned a valuable lesson. That is still growth. As for rewards, I am a big believer in them. I think they indirectly build self-esteem and when we look back make us feel we can accomplish anything.

Shawon Henry-Jacobs RN, MSN said...

Unknown number 1, thank you for responding. I feel as a society change is seen as bad. Consistency and duration is seen as good. In reality, one doesn't work without the other. This causes even the thought of change to make many people cringe. Change would be easier if there wasn't so much resistance when it occurs. Your change speed is uniquely your own.