When you decide to make significant positive change in your life, it can be a bit scary. Depending on where you are starting from, you could end up becoming a whole different person-a person you never dreamed you could be. Adopting a whole new set of beliefs, habits and actions has lots of implications that can serve as barriers to this transformation and keep you stuck where you are. One of the biggest barriers is other people. You need courage to overcome them so you can continue your transition to the best you possible. You need to realize that you are embarking on a journey that few attempt,let alone even consider.
One of the biggest fears we have about significant change is the worry about how other people will perceive us. We care so much about what other people think and we dread being the topic of gossip, scorn or criticism. Bold change calls attention to us. The people around us begin to notice the differences. They might not understand. They might not agree. They might be jealous. They might think you are weird. They might be angry that the new you no longer serves their needs or interferes with what they want. If you want to achieve true happiness and live an authentic life being who you really are, you need to accept that most people around you are not striving for these same things-they might want to but might not believe they can or they are so ingrained in negative habitual thought patterns that they are not even aware of their capacity for change. As long as people continue to be unhappy with their own lives, they will always gossip and judge-and none of us are immune from the judgment of others so you need to learn to accept that this judgment will fly your way on occasion.
Another impediment to significant positive change is worrying about the impact it will have on your relationships. Deep inner work inevitably requires you to evaluate everything in your life-including your relationships. As you continue on your journey, you might find that you are no longer compatible with the people around you as you are no longer the same person you were when the relationships started. I am not saying to dump everyone who does not share your outlooks and beliefs but you might find that as your interests and goals change, the foundations that sustained certain relationships begin to crumble away. If you commit to becoming a more positive person, it might be hard to sustain relationships with people who are predominantly negative. If you develop a passion for pursuing a spiritual path and personal development, it might be hard to spend all of your time with people who do nothing but watch reality TV all day long. You might come to some sad realizations. For example, you might think you have a close relationship with someone but realize it is only held together by a shared love of something that you have come to realize is destructive for you,like drugs or getting black-out drunk every weekend. Once you remove this element, you realize that there is nothing else there. You might be scared if you change too much, you might have to face some deep down fears like admitting you are in a romantic relationship that is not working and probably never will. It can be scary to move away from people you have known your whole life but it might be necessary in some cases.
Most of us will continue to live on the surface and personal development and truly pursuing happiness will always be a low priority. If you decide to transcend this, you will most likely be the odd one out and you need to stay true to yourself and your journey. As you move on, you will find people who share your outlooks and beliefs and you will not be alone. You might find yourself moving away from some of the people in your life now. Do not judge them for not sharing your enthusiasm for living life to the fullest and transcending the fog that most of us live in. Most of us fear going that deep. Everyone has their own path; stay true to yours no matter what happens around you. It may involve certain people moving out of your life or changing relationships, but you will also attract people more in line with the new you.
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