Fear and Change

I'm observing that the common ailment of realtors is fear. Fear of one's inability to perform at last year's level sales production much less improve upon it. Fear of failure, fear of what others think, fear of thinking or acting beyond traditional real estate standards, fear of technology, finally, fear of change. All translates to fear of living in the present and ultimately, paralysis. Ever seeking to find ways to help others achieve personal and professional growth, I'm grateful for a recent post from one my favorite sites, "Daily OM" which helps us understand fear and it's aftermath of confusion and discomfort. Trust you will find it relevant...look forward to your thoughts and comments! 

Quoted from February 9, "Daily OM" and edited by me: "The Death And Rebirth Of Self 
Sometimes a part of us must die before another part can come to life.

Sometimes a part of us must die before another part can come to life. Even though this is a natural and necessary part of our growth, it is often painful or, if we don’t realize what’s happening, confusing and disorienting. In fact, confusion and disorientation are often the messengers that tell us a shift is taking place within us. These shifts happen throughout the lives of all humans, as we move from infancy to childhood to adolescence and beyond. With each transition from one phase to another, we find ourselves saying good-bye to an old friend, the identity that we formed in order to move through that particular time. 

Sometimes we form these identities in relationships or jobs, and when we shift those areas of our life become unsettled. Usually, if we take the time to look into the changing surface of things, we will find that a shift is taking place within us.....We may feel a strange mixture of exhilaration and sadness as we say good-bye to a part of ourselves that is dying and make way for a whole new identity to emerge in its place. We may find inspiration in working with the image of an animal who molts or sheds in order to make way for new skin, fur, or feathers to emerge. For example, keeping a duck feather, or some other symbol of transformation, can remind us that death and rebirth are simply nature’s way of evolving. We can surrender to this process, letting go of our past self with great love and gratitude, and welcoming the new with an open mind and heart, ready for our next phase of life. "