Do you feel stuck? Is it because you truly are not progressing, or are you simply having a setback?
Take a look at Portia Nelson’s Autobiography in Five Short Chapters. (When you get to the Wikipedia page, scroll down and you will see the poem.) This poem will help you understand where you are in your journey of change; whether you are truly stuck or whether you simply need to be more patient with yourself.
So many people get frustrated and give up because they can’t see the progress they have made, they only see the things that haven’t changed. That’s ok, it’s just a sign that you really want the changes you are seeking! That mindframe will help you as long as you don’t let it de-motivate you.
Change is a gradual process. Sometimes you don’t realize how far you have come because you forget where you came from. Keeping a journal can be a visual record of the changes you have made. In the absence of that, where are you in the Autobiography in Five Short Chapters? What chapter are you in?
If you are in any chapter but the first it means you are progressing. Setbacks are a natural part of growth. If you are having a setback, it is proof, like an indicator, that you have made progress, because there can be no backward motion if there had not been advancement.
If you are truly stuck, you may need to seek help, or open yourself up to something new.
If not, don’t try so hard, you can’t force change. Accept and own the change you have made. Accept and value who and where you are right at this moment in time. You are ok as you are. You will continue to progress if you can also love and accept yourself as you are, at the same time that you seek change.
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