New Things Take Time

by DavalosMcCormack on October 30, 2009

I just got a new phone.  I liked my old phone but there are times when I have to keep up with clients and check my e-mail  and I don’t usually carry my laptop around with me.

So when the new “smart” phones came out I waited, because I don’t believe in buying the first version of techno gadgets.  I had a friend who bought one of the first portable computers and let me tell you, she lugged around that overpriced computer around for years.  The thing was as big as a sewing machine and twice as heavy.  (There’s your first fitness idea…after all this is a Health Blog)

So I waited to get a phone that could get e-mails, take pictures, and have a reliable signal.  I waited a couple of years till the prices came down.  Yes, I did yearn for an iPhone but I didn’t like the price.  So I finally got a Palm Pre.  I got everything I wanted.

There was one little hitch however, kind of a minor thing, I couldn’t figure out how to answer the phone!  I’m not used to it.  I have to learn the phone all over again. At first I hated the phone because it was completely new to me.  You see, I knew my old phone, I new my old ringtone, I liked my ringtone, I could answer the phone.  But that was then and this is now.

It got me to thinking.  Everything is a learned skill.  When you were a baby…EVERYTHING was new and as soon as you got used to being a baby, you turned into a toddler and you faced all kinds of new obstacles, like how to walk!  Then, you have to learn to tie your shoes, and run, and jump and then there’s school.  So everything is always changing and you have to learn it all over again in a new way.

I can see that you are wondering where I am going with this.  Well, if everything is always changing and we have to learn it all again.  Why do we get so stuck staying with  “what we know” or why is it more comfortable to stick with what we are used to, even if it is not working for us anymore.

Since change is a way of life, why would we want to hold on to things, like habits, attitudes and belief systems that no longer benefit us?  Shouldn’t it be your job to make the change work for you, or change it for the better.

I work with so many people that hold on to belief systems that they are used to but no longer work for them.  For instance, I hear things like:  “I’ve always been filled with anxiety” or “I’ve always had a weight problem”, or “I just don’t have the time to exercise!”

Really? Do you really think you can’t change?  Yes you can!  You can be healthier, happier, calmer, and actually you can become the person you want to be.  All you have to do is want it bad enough to change.

Hey, if I can learn to use and love my new phone then surely anything is possible.

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