• Laura Johnston

Is Change Bad?

“And suddenly you know… It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

I don’t know who said that. I found it on Instagram. I have felt this feeling many times in my life with lots of joy and wonder as I started something new. Maybe you have too. A new house, a new school, a new city. My parents were movers & shakers when I was growing up. I went to three elementary schools, four middle schools and five high schools. As I have stated before, with that upbringing, I think I became addicted to change. I went to four different community colleges and two universities. I love meeting new people, learning about new places experiencing new cultures.

What I thought I was missing in my life was a feeling of true accomplishment. I rarely really made it to my desired outcome with all of the change in my life. Move on next task but feeling unfinished was a common theme.

So, what are the four simple steps to success? My coach and now friend, Chukky Okobi, taught me a new perspective about reaching my dreams. Letting go of the past and preserving the learnings, choosing my desired outcome and making an action plan. The best part of that four-step system is step four, staying on the path. Continuing until you reach that desired outcome. It’s about the journey!

Well, I intend to let go of 2020 for sure! I bet your are with me on that! Let's preserve everything we have learned, and continue towards our desired outcome. This is a continuous process. Hurt, frustration, and disappointment, anger, guilt are things everyone experiences. It is not only possible, but fairly easy to move on, preserve the learnings and create a new story when you put Chukky’s Basic Instructions® into practice.

I love reading. I have churned through a lot of books over the last 5 years. Recently, I read the book The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson and it spoke to me that my whole life has been little accomplishments that have resulted in the person I am today. I will continue to have these little successes, maybe even some big successes, along my path and what is left behind is my legacy. We can get really hard on ourselves. There are so many people pushing us to be better, do better, that it can feel overwhelming.

My most recent book I read was Average Sucks by Michael Bernoff. At first, I thought I was going to be getting into a read that reiterated that I am not as amazing as my peers. Instead, It made me contemplative of my journey. I have poured myself into my new business ventures over the last 4 years and have actually really impressed myself! I am here to tell you, that I learned that I am not yet satisfied with where I am and that I am aware that there is another level I can reach, and I am pretty sure I know what I need to do to get there. This is a good thing and it doesn't need to be an overwhelming thing. Join me and realized that we will never fully reach my desired outcome because we are always raising the bar. It's ok to feel unfinished. It’s about the journey. Constantly putting those four steps into practice is the key.

The average I am no longer satisfied with my average impact in my community and how I spend my volunteer hours. I want to be giving back more regularly and with more purpose. I am no longer satisfied with my average health and how I fuel my body. I want to be a good steward of my body and care for it because it is the dwelling place of my soul. I am going to tweak my desired outcome in these areas and put my action plan into place. What are areas you are no longer satisfied with your average effort?

Change. Gradually then Suddenly. Lots of change will happen in our lives. For me it has proven to be the one true constant. Amidst the change, success can still happen. It is still happening. I am not finished and neither are you! Follow the Basic Instructions.®

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