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“The Courage To Change”

Guest Blog from Epsilon Healing Academy

Have you ever wanted to change something in your life and no matter how much you tell yourself and others that you want to change, you stay stuck?  Sometime it feels as though invisible forces work against us.  In a way, that is true.

The fact is –- change is hard.

To begin with, change involves taking action.  In other words, it means adding something else to your (very likely) already full plate.  One’s degree of discomfort with a situation or circumstance is weighed against the time and effort it takes to do something about it.  This often happens on a subconscious level.  For example, you might think you’d like to exercise more but you tell yourself you’re too busy and leave it that, thinking that you will get to it eventually.  But, you don’t stop to dig deeper into the reasons you don’t make your well-being a priority.

We are masters at holding onto old habits, old ways of thinking and doing things.  We convince ourselves that if we are not exactly happy, we’re at least okay.  After all, we’ve survived this long.  The longer we remain entrenched, the harder it is to let go. Read More

Los Angeles Therapist & Life Coach | David Vendig | 323-744-0751 | www.DavidVendig.com

Settling In

So I am hitting my 4-month mark of moving my practice to Silver Lake and really feel like I have become part of the neighborhood.  The location is really wonderful. Hollywood, Atwater Village, Glendale and downtown are all right at my fingertips.  On weekends, I love all the activity. Glendale Boulevard, always has lots to see:  people lined up for tacos, others out to catch a yoga class or yet others gathering for their morning coffee at the unique LAMILL Coffee Boutique.  Another cool spot on this side of town with a great vibe, I have discovered, is Tacos Delta.

 

Silver Lake’s wide range of demographics and creative minds makes the perfect blend of environment that compliments my beliefs and values.  It’s great being surrounded by the fun, and relaxed energy.  The focus of my Practice has always been solution based. I found myself wanting more from my own career, wanting to make a difference in people’s lives.  That is why I mix life coaching with therapy so we can look at staying positive, focusing on the present and looking forward to the future.

 

I love all my existing clients and I am enjoying all the new people I am getting to work with now that I have moved. Working with people on a daily basis who are wonderful, strong and resourceful, who also want more, who want to realize a vision or desire that has yet been achieved, is the reason why I do what I do. I want to work with clients who find themselves in that place where they know there is more to life than they are reaping. I want to be able to work with them and together find a set of solutions that help bring them closer to what they want. I am so glad to be continuing this journey with people in my new office.

So there you have it. I am enjoying all that my new surroundings have to offer. I am settled in, but still looking forward to discovering all the new experiences I have yet to uncover.  As Helen Keller once said “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Service Areas:

I am located in the Atwater-Silverlake-Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, specializing in counseling (therapy) & life coaching for individuals and couples.

Seeing Change:

It makes me happy to see my clients come in with challenges (some that seem insurmountable) and over time gain the strength to meet these challenges and begin to look toward a brighter future. 

“Change Your Nature”

Reinvention: How To Be Perfect

Changing your behavior is possible. Start by taking small steps and using positive reinforcement.  By Hara Estroff Marano, published on January 01, 2004 – last reviewed on December 04, 2012

It’s the new year. You’ve probably got lots of ambitious plans for change. This time, you want to make them stick. The first thing you need to know is, it’s not easy to change. The second thing is, you probably have no idea how to do it.

Here are some principles of change from the pros.

  • Break down the behavior into its component parts. Say you want to get more exercise, and you want to do it by running two miles every day before work. So you need to get up an hour earlier than usual (more if you’re slow to start), throw on your running clothes, drink a couple of glasses of water, take your portable music player, do some warm-up exercises, go out and run, do a few minutes of cool-down exercises, shower, dress, prepare breakfast, eat, leave for work.
  • Examine the consequences of both changing your behavior and maintaining the status quo. Change is frightening, and fears of the unknown make us cling to old behaviors despite our best intentions.
  • Build in as much positive reinforcement as you can. For example, plot the most attractive running route you can, one that takes you by some scenic spots. And when you’re done, be sure to take time to enjoy the exhilarating feeling you get after a run.
  • Take small steps of change, simplify the process and prepare for problems. Don’t, for example, start out expecting to run two miles. Give yourself time to work up to that distance. Also, remember that it’s easiest to get out the door if you put your running clothes out the night before. Or line up a friend to run with you so you’ll have a reason to go running even on the days you’d rather sleep longer.
  • Learn more about the process to keep surprises from derailing you. Monitor how long it takes you to run half a mile, then a mile, then two miles.
  • Provide structure so that you are not sabotaged by spontaneous impulses. Classify all your activities as to whether they are helpful or not in achieving your goal.  READ MORE

Los Angeles Therapist & Life Coach | David Vendig | 323-744-0751 | www.DavidVendig.com