Are you afraid to change?

by Angela Brooks

Afraid to Change

Are you afraid to change?

by Angela Brooks

1.2.3.4.5…..67 steps to the top floor. I was a little winded but I was smiling all the way up. You remember when you were a kid and every time you were in a place that would echo you would have to say hellooooo… or singing to hear yourself echo. Yes… that was me. I don’t think anyone heard me since the steps showed a lot of dirt and dust, which tells me that hidden stairwell is not overly used…until now.

After working 21.5 years in the same job pattern, I did not realize I had turned into a hamster running on a wheel. The same pace, the same time of day, around the same people, with the same thoughts. I was programmed, even though I did not know I had become a hamster. I was sad to know that I had shrunk into a small fussy animal.

After running in circles you begin to forget to dream, or think of it being possible to do other things with your life. As a nurse, that cares for other people and observing so many lives that have allowed life to dictate their next step. I began looking at mine. Who was in charge? Did I have any control over what was happening to my daily schedule, or what I did with my life? or had I gotten into the rut that I look at a schedule and just did what it says. You know the kind of schedule that someone else makes and you either work around it – or miss out on events in your life.

Back in December, I began working with a group of people that were stepping out of their comfort zone and learning how to manage their time, their business, and to dream big. Now I have always known that I believed in a very big God. He is bigger than the 3D version on transformers and he was before Bill Gates and knows more people than facebook. Obviously he was working on the program in my life when I thought I was walking through a forest with no end. I kept praying “God I know you made me for more than this, I am more than sure you did not make me bold and sassy to sit back quietly, and I know you gave me talents that I am not using.” I could almost  see him shaking his head yes.

The day I got the phone call asking if I would accept a new position I smiled. I stuttered “YES” at the opportunity before I really even knew what it was all about. Then the nervous jitters set in and the doubt began talking inside my own mind. Then the questions what about… and what if… and how will I… It’s a side effect of the way our mind makes sense of the world.

Nurses are more than just pill pushing, comforting, Dr chasing, multi-tasking, portrayed as sex objects. They are also very talented in other skills that so many have forgotten to continue dreaming about.

A very special friend shared this quote:

“Today I know that memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do.” (Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place)

Everything that you have done up to this point – good or bad. Is preparing you for another step. I know I have ask myself many times, what could some of the things that I have lived through ever be useful to have learned. We are all recovering from something. When we look at our life and see the scars, those are the teachings that brought us to this day. Scars are closed, healed wounds that remind us of whom we were, where we have been and are no longer open draining, weeping wounds that are causing pain. They are scars….

 

Now that I have stepped into a new place in my life, a new shift, around new people. I am opening a new chapter with many more adventures. Change causes the people around you to change. Some you leave behind, some stand beside you and some never needed a space around you.

Self-Talk: What You Say to Yourself Determines Your Experience 

“Words, words, words” says Hamlet in Shakespeare’s greatest play about the human mind.

Self-talk is what we say to ourselves inside our mind. It is the steady stream of words that play constantly in the mind. For many people, the verbiage never stops. Everything we see and feel and experience is translated into words that become a running dialogue inside our head.

Self-talk is conditioned patterns of thinking. The talk can be positive or negative, loving or critical. Whether positive or negative, how we talk to ourselves creates our experience. Our conditioned ways of thinking generate emotions and activate behaviors. Our whole way of being, acting and feeling is influenced by how we think and talk to ourselves.

What are you saying to yourself? Are you what holds you back from changing? Join a group of people that are lifters and now downers.

 

Angela Brooks is a leading distributor of Young Living Essential Oils. Dedicated to natural health solutions, Brooks provides people with healing alternatives without harsh side effects. Additionally, Brooks is a mental health nurse of 21 plus years and author of the new best seller on amazon committed to bringing mental happiness to the nursing profession by motivating and supporting nurses around the country.

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Angela Brooks is a retired nurse after 25 years in mental health. She used her lunch breaks to build her business part time on the night shift. Her car became a mobile university as she listened to business training, coaching calls on CD and phone webinars. She blogged while she was at her sons' baseball practices.

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1 Elise Adams July 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Really appreciate this article, Angela!  Stepping out of our comfort zone sometimes feels like jumping off a ledge instead of a step UP toward a better, bigger future.  I love LOVE that quote you mentioned because it’s all about seeing how God has led in the past (where HE’s always out-delivered on making my dreams come true) which gives my faith for the future a FIRM foundation.  You are right–change does take self-examination and a willingness to step out and up!  You give me courage to make my own big changes…thanks for writing about it!

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