Did you know that there is actually a search title in MacMillan Dictionary that gives related words for “People who are old-fashioned or do not like change”?
Yep, this really exists. The names that are listed for a person who does not like change is a Neanderthal, old maid, old school (maybe that’s not so bad) and some others would be fuddy-duddy, dinosaur or old-fogey. Hmmm… I would much rather be open to change than to be referred to as pretty much any one of these words.
In all honesty, the thought of change for so many of us evokes a loss of control, uncertainty and fear of the unknown which is what stops us from taking action. Many of us fear failure and this can also stop us in our tracks and keep us from the desired outcome we are seeking.
I am sure you are wondering what the secret to change is by now. Well, quite simply the secret to moving forward is to reframe your thoughts. I’m sure you are thinking, “Easier said than done”. The key to making powerful shifts in your word replacement is to keep only the thoughts that make you stronger. Negative thoughts are weakest when they first appear, so if you catch yourself thinking “I am not, I cannot, I will not” simply change it to I can, I am, I will.
This is such a simple concept that can bring you such powerful results. Making these small shifts in your thinking can change habits and negative thought patterns and lead you in the direction of your goals and dreams. It is a great place to start, and it will take you from being old school to a change maker!
“Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the same exact place next year as you are today.” -Author Unknown