You can probably easily recall a time in your life that you faced a change – major or minor – that threw you off course in a disproportionate way.
A road was closed for construction and you panicked that you’d never make it to your destination alive. The company where you were temping went under and you were certain you’d be forced into early retirement (and homelessness!) at the tender age of 23. A romantic partner you weren't even all that interested in said goodbye, and you translated that into, “I'll never find a partner again.”
We’ve all been there.
For whatever reason, change kicks our panic – and other disproportionate responses – into high gear. Logically, we know that we’re overreacting, but emotionally – well, how could we not!?
As terrifying as it is, change is something that is all around us, happening all the time. Construction does change the traffic on your way to work, and companies do go under. And, since you can’t avoid change, it helps to at least be prepared.
For some of us, it’s the changes beyond our control that terrify us most. For others, it’s just the opposite – the meaningful changes that come from our own initiative: the old relationship we want to revisit, the habit we want to break, or the new direction we want to take in our lives.
If accepting change were as easy as snapping our fingers like Mary Poppins, we’d all be blowing in new and improved versions of ourselves with the next easterly wind.
The Tackling Change course is designed to help you get on board with change, whether that means embracing the changes that are happening to you or actively taking steps towards making a life change.
We’ll start by looking at who we are with regards to change, why change scares us, and what preventive measures we can take. Then, we’ll get our feet wet, experimenting with baby steps and practicing evidence-based strategies that can help us change. Finally, towards the end of the course, we’ll broaden the lens and focus on a big-picture change we’d like to make, coming up with a practical game plan for turning it into our new reality.
You’re a brave guy. And a lucky one too. How do we know that? Because you survived your heart attack. And now, you’re ready to move on. Maybe you think the best way to do it is to forget it ever happened. But how far will that get you? Chances are, not very. To really move on you need to first deal with what you’ve gone through and then start re-structuring the pieces of your life. That’s a tall order even for the bravest and luckiest among us. You need – and deserve –the best tools to help get you there. We have gathered these tools for you right here, in the ‘Recovering from heart attack’ community. This is the no-nonsense place where men like you come to learn how to process what they’ve gone through and move on. It’s where they share their experiences with one another and practice the steps that support and sustain their recovery. In fact, it’s the only place where you can access all these tools within the framework of our uniquely effective approach to recovery. Just for brave, lucky guys like.
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