I keep doing flashbacks to my last speaking engagement and the one theme that seems to be of repeated interest, along with some others, is how a person can change their personality so dramatically. I’ve bounced some ideas around in my head and shall share them with you in this blog.
To begin, I think people change all their lives. If you are in mid-life now, are you the same person you were when you were a young adult? If you are even older, are you the same person you were as either a yound adult or a mature adult? I know I’m not. At least, I hope not. I like to think that the experience of living has matured me to the point that I accept some of life’s trevails a bit better and accept things as they are, without beating myself up about changing them.
In my presentation I keep being asked how I was able to leave behind the frightened, insecure, and anxious child/adolescence that I was and “became the Alice” that I seem to be today. Hopefully they mean that I no longer suffer those characteristics. I don’t.
I think the first thing that anyone who is living in a stressful or painful situation must do is to identify what that is. Who or what is causing it? Decide if you can change the person responsible for your problems, or change the situation that is responsible for your problems. Decide what course of action you can take. Decide what consequences your actions would engender. Decide if you are able to, or willing to, handle them. Consider what the future would hold for you if you took no action.
And if you finally make your decision to the take action that would make a change for the positive in your life, are you prepared to fail? I think you must consider how you would handle such a failure and what you would do to keep on the road to bettering your life.
Take for example a person who is an alcoholic whose life is in shambles. That person can remain in a downward spiral, or make the decision to take some action, any action of their choice (there are so many venues to help addicts today) to make a change. Of course there may be setbacks, but that person has already taken the road to making his/her life better.