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Health and beauty
January 2024
Reading time 3 Minutes

It's important to embrace change when you can

Living North columnist Dr Maurice Duffy explains why it's important to embrace change, and explains what it is to live intentionally.

As the seasons change, so do the rhythms of our lives. Just as nature transforms, we too have the opportunity to embrace change and ignite a season of growth. In the idea that ‘if you do not consciously adopt a mindset, a mindset will be subconsciously adopted for you’, lies a powerful insight that underscores the importance of intentional living. 

Read on to discover how you can harness this philosophy to usher in positive change, elevate your wellness, and catalyse a new season of transformation. 

Meet Sarah, a vivacious woman in her early 30s, who found herself at a crossroads. After years of settling into her comfort zone, her life seemed to be a series of routines that lacked excitement and fulfilment. She stumbled upon the quote, ‘if you do not consciously adopt a mindset, a mindset will be subconsciously adopted for you,’ and it struck a chord. Realising that her complacency had allowed life to dictate her path, she resolved to reclaim control.

Sarah embarked on a journey of intentional living. She recognised that her mindset was the compass guiding her actions, and she actively chose to steer it towards positivity and growth. By acknowledging that she was the author of her story, Sarah began making conscious choices that aligned with her goals. She adopted the mindset that change was an opportunity, not a threat, and this outlook set the stage for her transformation.

Inspired by the changing seasons, Sarah decided to use this metaphor as a springboard for her transformation. She set specific wellness goals – from practising yoga to exploring nature trails. By embracing change as a chance for self-improvement, she cultivated a sense of purpose and empowerment. With each passing day, Sarah witnessed the transformation of her body, mind and spirit, mirroring the shifts in the world around her.

Sarah's journey was not without challenges. At times, self-doubt and setbacks tried to deter her progress. But armed with her intentional mindset, she faced these hurdles head-on. She transformed obstacles into opportunities to learn and grow, realising that her mindset determined the difference between stagnation and resilience.

As Sarah's journey continued, she found that wellness was more than a destination; it was a mindset. She incorporated mindfulness practices, engaged in positive self-talk, and cultivated gratitude. Wellness became a holistic approach that extended to her relationships, career, and daily interactions. Sarah's intentional mindset became the cornerstone of her well-rounded and fulfilling life.

Tips for Creating Change in Your Life

Set Clear Intentions: Define what areas of your life you want to change. Write down specific intentions and goals that align with your values and aspirations.

Practice Self-Reflection: Regularly take time to reflect on your progress and challenges. This introspection will help you stay mindful of your journey and adjust your approach as needed. 

Embrace Positive Habits: Identify habits that support your goals and well-being. Start small and gradually integrate positive habits into your daily routine.

Challenge Comfort Zones: Step outside your comfort zone and try new experiences. Growth often occurs when you push your boundaries and explore the unfamiliar.

•  Mind Your Self-Talk: Pay attention to your internal dialogue. Replace self-limiting beliefs with affirming and empowering statements.

•  Seek Inspiration: Surround yourself with people, books, podcasts, or activities that inspire and motivate you to pursue positive change.

Celebrate Progress: Acknowledge and celebrate even the smallest victories along the way. This boosts your motivation and reinforces your commitment to change.

Practice Gratitude: Cultivate a mindset of gratitude. Focus on what you have achieved and the positive aspects of your journey.

Sarah's story serves as a testament to the transformative power of an intentional mindset. With the change of seasons comes an opportunity for personal transformation. As you navigate this new season of life, embrace the power of intentionality and ignite change by choosing your mindset consciously. By doing so, you wield the ability to shape your journey, navigate challenges, and foster holistic wellness. 

Embrace the coming days to evolve, grow, and thrive. As nature transforms, let this season mark the beginning of your intentional journey toward a more fulfilling and empowered life.

Dr Maurice Duffy is Visiting Professor at Sunderland, consulting coach to the NHS, the Australian cricket team, Durham Cricket Club, international golfers, rugby and many sports people, and also coaches many senior FTSE 100 business leaders and politicians around the world. Find out more at or follow him on twitter @drmauriceduffy

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