By Life Coach James Carpenter
‘Change Begins at the End of your Comfort Zone.’
[Roy T. Bennett]
Change: to a lot of us it’s the word that makes us fill with fear. You might have heard before in your life, “you need to change, stop being stuck in your ways.”
So why don’t we change?
We don’t change because we’re comfortable, like sitting in front of a nice cosy log fire in the middle of winter. Your brain says to you ‘oh don’t go and do that, we are quite happy here.’
The brain doesn’t like change, it will do anything it can to try and avoid it.
Our brains contain around 86 million neurons that love providing us with habits and routine, it loves the sense of automation. It’s like when you drive somewhere familiar and arrive thinking ‘I don’t actively remember that journey but I’m here!’- a kind of muscle memory has filled in for you.
Now here’s the revelation: our brains are more than capable of change.
Our brains are like a super computer, they just need a software update now and again.
What happens if you don’t update your iPhone- the software becomes slow over time.
Now if you do want to make a change, you need to just do it.
If you want to start going for a run for example, just lace up your trainers and go. Don’t let your brain take over and persuade you not to go.
Those of you who might have seen ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ might recall the line in the film ‘Don’t think, just do’.
This is so true for change, don’t think why you shouldn’t do something different, just plunge into it and go with it.
After a while of repetition your brain starts to enjoy the benefits and it can become automated to this new pattern and you won’t realise how far you have come.
If you’re reading this, and have things that you would like to change or start in your life and just need that extra push or support, then write to me using the details below. I would love to chat with you and see how I can help.
James Carpenter Coaching