The Habit of Embracing Change and Adaptation


  The Habit of Embracing Change and Adaptation

Success is impossible without change and adaptation. The world around us is constantly changing, and we must be ready to take the next step at any moment in time. Read on to find out how you can make the most of change, how you can use fear as a catalyst for progress, how you can cope with uncertainty, and what it takes to become "adaptable".

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Many of us live in a bubble only surrounded by people that are just like them or have similar lives. This is exactly why so many people find it hard to get themselves out of the comfort zone they are in and venture into something new. The tendency to stick with our old ways of doing things, whether we like them or not, is called habit. We tend to go with that which we are most familiar and comfortable with, and this can be a barrier for growth when applied towards any goal.

In order to grow, you must begin by accepting change as part of your life as you move forward towards your targets and aspirations. Your mind will need to be prepared for it, and you are likely to find yourself feeling anxious or unsure about what will happen next. By accepting the fact that you will have to adapt to changing circumstances, you will be putting yourself in a position for success. You are committing yourself to adaptability instead of resistance, which means that you are setting yourself up for positive results as opposed to negative ones.

The reason why so many people have a hard time embracing change and adapting to it is that they have trouble dealing with uncertainty. You could even say that uncertainty is the biggest anxiety-inducing factor out there for people, and by recognizing this truth, we can begin working on ways to cope with uncertainty more effectively. In order to get rid of your fear of change, and embrace it instead, you must take concrete steps towards your goals every single day.

Imposing goals onto yourself and surrounding yourself with a team of motivated people is one way of ensuring that you are focused and prepared for change. Taking action every day in the same way will help you to become more comfortable with what is happening around you. When you are being successful, instead of feeling nervous, take pride in your accomplishments. Conversely, if things don't go as planned, then just make sure that you allow yourself to learn from it and move on.

By recognizing that change is inevitable, we can begin breaking down our resistance towards it. By sticking with the goals we have set for ourselves and by surrounding ourselves with a team of motivated people, we can begin working towards our dreams more effectively.

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Gabor Mate: Everything has an origin and I believe that our inability to recognize where we began is a condition of our advanced but primitive consciousness, our egocentricity. We sense ourselves in our minds and our minds are not where we started; the mind is a product of our brain. So who are we?

In this interview I ask Gabor Mate, MD, to share his thoughts on what it means to be human. Gabor is a world-renowned physician, speaker and bestselling author specializing in addiction and the interface between human consciousness and health. He was born in Hungary and raised in Canada. His medical work has been featured on CNN, CBC, PBS, BBC, New Scientist Magazine, The New York Times , the LA Times , Time Magazine, Macleans Magaizine as well as many others. He is the founder of the International Center for Compassion and Altruism Research & Education (ICCARE). Gabor believes that we are all connected beyond our physical bodies, and the purpose of humankind is to bring more love into this world. His goal as a speaker and writer is to awaken people to their true identities. To do this, he must share his own story so that we can all learn from it.

I have been asked by many readers if I could interview Gabor Mate on his work with addiction, and I was delighted when he agreed. If you would like to learn more about Dr Mate's work you are invited to visit his website at .

In your work with addiction you are very committed to the idea that addiction, as we understand it, is a disease of the brain. As such, an individual can make the choice to stop his or her use of alcohol or drugs and recover. Is recovery as simple as that? Or does a person have to make some changes in their lifestyle? In what ways is this different from other forms of rehabilitation?

I believe that addiction is not a disease of the brain! I will explain this further later on. Kindly refer to my book The Addict's Code for more information on this topic.

At first, when I heard this, I had a hard time imagining how this could be possible, since it is our brain that we think of as the controlling center of our lives. But I soon learned that this perspective is all wrong because the human body is a collection of cells and each cell in the body has its own intelligence and memory. The brain is no exception; it too has its own intelligence and memory. One thing we do not know about the brain is that sometimes it can forget things from one moment to another. I call this phenomenon "plasticity". Addiction occurs when the plasticity in our brain leads us into repeating old behaviors without even realizing what we are doing or what was happening around us during those days.

I also do not agree with the theory of chemical addiction. Addicts can quit using any substance just as easily as they started. The mechanism to stop can be developed and mastered over time, but it is definitely possible. I have just seen this myself in my practice and I have seen many people become free from drug and alcohol addiction after rehabs, most of them in less than three months. This is a huge step forward. However, it does not mean that such people were not addicted in the first place; they were, but now they are free from the compulsion that is driving their behavior continually until the end of their lives.

Conclusion: Yes, I agree that addiction can be cured, and the proper medical terminology is "recovered".

You have spent many years studying how different substances affect the brain. What is your take on alcohol use? Is alcohol addictive? Do we have to quit or can we "recover"?

I will refer you to my book The Alcoholics' Brain for a detailed explanation. Briefly, I believe that alcoholism is not an addiction but a response to chronic stress reinforced through social conditioning. It is a very complex topic that deserves much more attention than it gets these days. I will write about this again in the near future.

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