If There Was No Change, There Would Be No Butterflies

Posted on March 3, 2013 by


embracing_changeIf you always do what you’ve done, you will always get what you’ve always got. -Ed Foreman

If we are spiritual we tend to willingly start a yoga & meditation practice, if we are gym rats we have no problem hopping out of bed to hit the iron, if we love to cook we can’t figure out why people have issues with clean eating and pre-planning meals.  We all have a comfort zone and not one of us are the same.

All 3 of the above components with provide growth on their own but eventually we hit a plateau.  What if we step out of our comfort zone and embraced ALL components to transform our health?  What if we changed our thought process from this is hard to this is FUN?  Our brains will tell us otherwise but our brains have no solid evidence to produce such predictability.  Until we truly let go and embrace change, we have not experienced enough to be pessimistic.  When we run from change rather than embrace it, we stay right where we are in life and health.

Rather than fear change, let’s embrace it!  When we fully embrace the unknown, we create space for a new world to emerge.   To evolve, we must SHIFT from what we have always done.

What do we have to lose?  Fat?  An unfulfilled career or relationship? A cluttered house and life? Medical bills and unnecessary pharmaceuticals?  Sounds like a risk I’m willing to take.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

When we embrace the concept to grow by letting go of fear and stubbornness to be “right” we can step into a whole new world of growth and opportunity.  The first step out of self induced imprisonment is quite empowering.  Change can be magical, exciting and fun when we embrace growth opportunities.

One of my clients watched me on GT for 2.5 years, she noticed changes and knew she needed to make changes herself to regain health.  This woman has struggled with diabetes and health issues for several years, she has worked with the most qualified doctors all over the chicagoland area, she researches like a scientist herself, reading medical journal after medical journal.  Last month she decided to try GT.  Within one month of fully EMBRACING these changes and letting go of old beliefs, she has lost 20 pounds, ditched pills and lowered her insulin by 15 units per day.

Her weekly calls are that of pure joy and excitement.  I often hear,“I had NO CLUE, I never would have thought “x” would cause such a blood sugar spike”.   This is working for her because she has LEAPED out of her comfort zone and embraced unpredictability, discomfort and let go of the need to control.  By her getting comfy with changing her old ways, she’s ENJOYING her process towards health. She could dwell on foods that she rid her body of, instead she enthusiastically tries new recipes out of the GT cookbook.

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

Keep looking forward, keep growing.  Accepting changes towards health, learning new ways to care AND carry ourselves is fun, it’s enjoyable, it’s FREEDOM.  Free from never having to diet again, free to build our muscles rather than burn them, free to let go of excuses and guilt from eating this or that.  Free to LIVE, change and grow!

This path that may have some rocks, may zig zag in and out of new experiences and sometimes we’ll veer off path to a dead end.  Accrue maps in your head along your journey.  Remember which paths took you to a dead end, remember which path had rocks that we kept tripping on, remember which path was calm with sandy beaches and shady trees to rest under.  All three paths lead to the very place we are today.  Keep all of these paths logged so you can choose which one felt best and embrace that path next time you come to a fork in the road.

Katie Surjan,

Genesis Transformation Coach