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I bet you have trophobia but don’t know it

Without looking it up, do you know what tropophobia is? To one degree or another we all have experienced it. I’d even go so far as to say that I bet you have experienced it as recently as this week. Tropophobia is the fear of change. Have you ever been slow to act on an idea or new project even though you knew that it was something that you would benefit from or really wanted?

We all seem to make excuses for not changing the status quo. I remember when my wife and I were talking about having our first child. We were excited about the wonderful experiences awaiting us as new parents. Heaven knows that our parents were in favor of the idea. But, something always seemed to get in the way of picking the right time to start our family. I needed to have a higher salary. We needed a bigger house and a bigger car. We needed more money in the bank.

Looking back on these reasons I now can see how they were very probably excuses for not making a change in our lives. Think about what changes you may be avoiding in your life. What has kept you from asking for a raise or looking for that better job? When do you plan on going back to school? When are YOU going to start that family?

I realize that all of these decisions are very personal ones. I just want you to think about what is stopping you from making changes in your life TODAY. In my opinion, you will never find that “right” time when everything is perfect to make a major change in your life, but if you don’t take action now then when will you?

A friend of mine has a great saying. He says, “Make a decision and then make that decision right.” Coach Vincent Williams, author of How Do I Reach My True Destiny? says, “Change is a process, but the decision to change happens in an instant.”

Decide what it is that you want to do. Recognize that you may have been tropophobic. Do something today as a concrete action towards your personal goals. I predict that you’ll feel much better after you take that first step and overcome that fear of change.

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