Novelist James Baldwin commented, “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
No one likes change. We avoid change because most of us associate it with pain. But avoiding change creates more pain, and the cycle endlessly repeats itself. Author Robert Quinn describes this state as “dying the slow death”
Why would we choose to die a slow death?
I think it is evident that most people who are in this state don’t realize what is happening to them. They are unaware. They can’t face something they don’t see or understand.
A good example of this is illustrated in the words of James Allen when he asserted, “People are anxious to improve their circumstances, but never willing to improve themselves, they, therefore, remain bound.” Normally people who are bound don’t see themselves as such. Otherwise, they would improve in order to change their course resulting in improved circumstances. No one desires to be bound.
Based on my experience, personal awareness is the fundamental first step toward change and reversing the slow death process. Where you are in life is a direct reflection of who you are.
Renowned coach Christian Simpson affirmed, “Life doesn’t give you what you want, it gives you who you are.”
Creating awareness around our current state; our beliefs, thoughts, and actions can seem like a difficult and cumbersome undertaking. But if we aspire to be more tomorrow than we are today, it is absolutely necessary.
Nathaniel Brandon commented, “The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.”
So it goes beyond awareness. We must accept and take ownership of our lives and dying a slow death. To do nothing is to accept and approve of a marginalized future.
Begin with awareness. What needs to change in your life, in your business? You are more than likely already suffering in areas where change is needed. Stop the slow death process and embrace the life before you.