January 12, 2016
We all know that it is a part of life. We all know, deep down inside, that it is needed, yet we do everything in our power to resist it…even when it is change that can enhance our lives. Let’s explore why that is and what we can do to embrace change rather than resist it.
As I mentioned in my last blog entry, when I first learned of Rowheels, I was torn as I knew it was something that could greatly enhance my quality of life, but I also know that there would be a learning curve that would take some time to adjust to the CHANGE! These thoughts and feelings came without even trying Rowheels out, so I could only imagine what my thoughts and feelings would be like when I actually had the Rowheeling experience. Think about it…how many times do we have serious thoughts and strong feelings about an experience that we have never actually had and how those thoughts and feelings prevail and prevent us from ever having the experience? Well, that was not going to happen to me.
In November of last year, I decided to take Rowheels for a “test-drive.” What was the worst-case scenario? Ummm…they were not for me? Okay, and if they were not for me, then what? Ummm….then I go back to my old wheels and proceed with my life? Yeah, that was pretty much it. So the date and the venue had been set where I would try out Rowheels for the first time. I actually had homecourt advantage. My test-drive would be in my local gymnasium that I am all too familiar with so there were no excuses for my being unfamiliar with my surroundings. In addition, I had all but simplified the process in my head. “You just gotta row the wheels backwards to propel myself forward. “ I said repeatedly to myself. This was going to be a piece of cake, a roll (or Rowheeling) in the park! Not so fast.
The concept is simple…row backwards to propel yourself forward. Yet, my mind has been conditioned to “push” tires forward for the last 30 years. That is a lot of muscle memory to overcome. Case in point, when I first started using Rowheels, I could not go five yards. I totally had been taken out of my element, reverted back to those 30 years of pushing, and honestly felt like a toddler taking his or her first steps, or in my case, propelling a wheelchair for the first time. Why in the world would I, or anyone, ever in a million years ever go back to the drawing board, begin something new on this level, and embark upon such a journey of CHANGE? It’s all about the finish line, what that finish line represents, and just as importantly, what that feeling will be like WHEN not IF, I cross that finish line.
Like any type of CHANGE, you must be able to visualize and feel some of the change you want to experience…even before going through the actual experience itself. Visualize the CHANGE you want. Bring in all of the sights, all the sounds, and all the colors to that visual. For me, it was seeing myself Rowheeling through a shopping mall and my posture looking better than ever. Once you have the visual then generate what the feeling will be like not IF, but WHEN you actually experience the CHANGE. For me, while visualizing myself Rowheeling through the shopping mall, I began to feel tremendous relief in my shoulders, with muscles in my upper back feeling stronger than ever, and simply having an overall feeling of confidence from my posture being better than ever before. The combination of the visual and feelings was all the momentum I needed to see this CHANGE through. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Well, by taking a PROACTIVE approach to CHANGE, anything is possible!
And the Rowheeling journey continues…onward!