I'll give myself a solid 8. I'm open to change, but I don't leap without looking.
I'm going to say I'm about a 4. I think I used to be more open to change, but I just don't adjust well lately. Now, do one thing to raise my rating? What the heck does that mean?
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the MOST willing to change, I'd rate myself as a 9 - I'm not a 10 because there are some things that I consider to be my personal values, and I don't compromise those, only develop them (I guess that means I'm still even changing in those areas, if I'm willing to develop them...!). But like I've said before, I do work on my consciousness daily with fellow Avatar Masters either in person or over the phone, so I am constantly changing, moving through life experiences quickly, extrapolating lessons out of them, and moving forward from there, constantly.
I give myself a 4, I'm pretty low. Although I practice yoga and meditation because I believe the changes are so much easier if they are organic and come from self knowledge and that place of stillness that gives us the power and the drive to change...My meditation teacher talks of being gentle with ourselves. What a concept. To help me to change, I am going to get more sleep, by going to bed before midnight every night I possibly can this week. This will hopefully keep the creative juices flowing better.
I would have to say I'm a 4. The mind is much more willing the the body. What my mind says Yes, we can tackle that, the body says, Do you remember what happened the last time you did something like that and how much you hurt after???
This one is really hard for me. I don't particularly like change nor do I want change. This challenge is really rather ambiguous. I'm definitely doing something new. If I were having to make changes I think I could adapt well. I'll give me an 8.
Isome situations it can be a 7/8 but in other situations I think my courage is about a 3 so have some work to do on this!
Mary H. replied April 21, 2012 at 21:37 UTC:
I rate myself as a 6-8, depending on the situation. I'd say I have a medium low risk appetite, with a willingness to at least consider doing something out of my confort zone
Joanne L. replied April 22, 2012 at 0:20 UTC:
Well, I like change in most things--I would rather try a new restaurant than go to one I know, I regularly learn new technology at work, I teach a LOT of different courses, change text-books, write my own textbooks, take on different responsibilities. I'm hoping to be able to change my office--nothing wrong with the one I am in (other than problems in the heat), but I'm tired of it, tired of the whole building. I take different routes to work, read books outside my field, try different foods and radically change my diet. I do not like change that involves spending a lot of money, but I do not see that as a bad thing or something indicating a lack of courage. For example, my doctor just told me I need a hip replacement, which is not covered by my insurance and which would financially ruin not just me but my husband. I'm physically limited in terms of trying new individual sports and I don't like team sports. I am morally and ethically opposed to change in marriage. In fact, other than changes involving spending a lot of money, unethical/immoral changes, and changes requiring physical capabilities I no longer have, if I notice I am the slightest bit afraid of something, that immediately tells me I should do it--unless it would hurt someone else. I suppose I could see this as a lack of courage to hurt other people for my own benefit, but I have no intention of doing anything to change that.
I just got my "life evaluation" stamp from this field, which was my goal for being in this track (setting goals is a strength for me), so I'm going to be changing to a track with physical exercise challenges.
The weather here is crazy--after weeks of unseasonable cold and WAY more precipitation than usual (this area is classified as desert), this weekend is supposed to get up to the 80s. A colleague originally from New York was complaining about the humidity. I expect to be eating asparagus from the garden later this week, and we might even get apples and plums and pears this fall!
Thanks for the encouragement Donna and James! I really appreciate it.
Let's get out there and do something new today!
Rate your courage to change on a scale of 1 to 10, then do one thing to raise your rating.
How to do it
Using a scale from one to 10, rate your courage to change. Number 1 means that you are always very fearful of change, and number 10 means that you embrace change openly and are always willing to change. Most of us fall somewhere in the middle. Think of one small activity or action that, by trying it, you could build on your score. For example, if you are fearful of a new type of technology, try to learn more about how it works. If you feel nervous about a change that's coming to your job or living situation, try to envision the positives that may come out of it.
Why it matters
Courage means many things, including facing our own insecurities, taking some risks, and trying out new skills and behaviors. Learning something new or taking on a goal always includes making mistakes. By becoming more aware of your limits or resistance to change, it may help provide a framework as you approach setting goals or changing aspects of your life.
Bert Lahr, famous for playing the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz," was forced to suck his lunches through a straw while on the movie set. He couldn't eat while wearing his lion head, nor was he allowed to remove it.
This morning I was explaining what blogging is to someone. She asked if it meant that if I start earning an income from it, will I be moving back to California. And I answered, "Actually it means that as long as I have a laptop I can blog from anywhere, and since my main blog is a travel blog, I may well be doing just that."
And now that I think if it, I think I'll do that. (New goal for me, eh?)
That's a pretty significant change for me. I've always had a nice, warm, secure landing place. In fact, the day I left L.A. and went to the Netherlands to stay for a year, it was very scary. I had never done any solo traveling, and though I have rich friends who'll tell you, "We were in St. Moritz for a few weeks, we met a lovely couple there, and they've been our friends for twenty years now...etc.", I cannot fathom how to make friends that fast.
Well, it'll be something different!
Be well, everyone, stay happy so you can spread the cheer!
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