Making Changes

May 14, 2010

“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened
about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”

Making changes can be hard… because they push us to do new things, change old habits and patterns and sometimes even require us to blaze a new path alone.

Being the best, happiest and healthiest person I can be is extremely important to me. It’s extremely important, not because it means being physically fit, financially secure or happily married, but because it means that I am making a positive impact and massive contribution to the world. I am as green as I can possibly be, as cruelty free, environmentally and social conscious as I can be. It means I’m making a difference in the lives of others and the health of our world.

Today when mentioning some of the changes I wanted to make to my company, including printing exclusively with green, environmentally friendly printers and hosting exclusively with solar and wind powered hosting companies (among other things), I was given the response, “Well, that’s going to be hard to do.”

“Well, that’s what I want to do.” And that is what I WILL do.

I am not interested in waiting for “the right time” to make these changes with my company and my life. “Paying my dues” by first doing work that doesn’t really matter and hoping that one day soon I’ll earn the right to realize my potential and really make a difference. By being me, I have earned that right. It’s who I am and positively impacting the world is what I intend to do.

My mission still rings true and still infuses me with passion. The more soul searching and journaling that I do, the clearer my purpose becomes to me. I understand that the negative responses I’m receiving come from a place of fear. Fear of change and the unknown. Possibly fear of a little hard work? Getting uncomfortable?

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” Brian Tracy

In order to become the best, healthiest and happiest person you can possibly be, you’re going to have to get uncomfortable. It may mean working out when you’d rather be sedentary. Eating a bowl of steamed broccoli instead of potato chips. Telling your friends you don’t want to participate in gossip anymore. Recycling when it’s easier to throw it away and not think about it. Questioning your tried and true products, their ingredients and packaging.

It’s all about the small shifts. These shifts lead to better habits, better health and a better world.

What are you holding back from doing because of fear or disapproval?
What is a small shift that you could make today?

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