The First Step to Change

by Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD -

Life is a journey, not a destination. 

Have you pondered the true meaning of this statement? If you have, you no doubt recognize that life is a journey with many steps on your unique personal journey that takes you down a winding and sometimes bumpy road of constant evolution.

Each day, you are provided a myriad of opportunities that allow you to transform into your next best self-- more of who you truly are.

Each moment on your journey, you are presented with an opportunity to react differently when yet another someone or something in your life rubs you the wrong way or you may find yourself wanting to walk away from a circumstance but are not sure if that is the right thing to do.

However, you may find yourself stuck in a rut that seems impossible from which to extricate yourself. You may even make the same choices over and over again because you do not know how to choose otherwise.

Rather than moving you forward, your present path may take you in a seemingly never-ending circle where your actions and choices lead you, not only nowhere but to where you've been before.

It is during these repetitious moments that awareness becomes the first step to change.


Awareness is the moment when you are able to recognize what you are doing at the deepest level. You observe yourself, noticing your actions, reactions and choices in real time.

Awareness is the first step to change because you can not make a change unless you are aware of what needs to be changed.

You can then understand why you are doing what you are doing. Afterward, it becomes difficult not to change because you are no longer in a fog about what you are doing.

You will also, realize that as much as you are the root source behind the causes for your behaviors, you are also the originator for any changes that you need to make.

There is infinite freedom in your awareness. 

Rather than thinking that you are stuck in a repetitive cycle with no escape, you will begin to see how you play a role in creating your life. Whether you are aware of them or not, your behaviors and choices are yours to make.

Your past and present no longer have to dictate your future when you choose to be aware in real time.

You are then free to move beyond your old limits, make new choices, and take new actions. With awareness, you take a new path that moves you forward while paving the way for new experiences and new ways of being.

It is through awareness that you can continue to consciously evolve.

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