A Change Would Do You Good
One of my all-time favorite music artists is Sheryl Crow. She sings a song called, “A Change Would do You Good.” If a change would do us good, why do most people resist it? I think it’s one word. FEAR. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of others’ opinions, we don’t believe in ourselves, it’s hard, it causes stress, the transition can take a lot of time, we may disappoint someone, etc. I understand and have experienced all of these. Fear itself is not always a bad thing. It can actually motivate us as well as help keep those of us that tend to have the urge to jump before looking, in check. I embrace change, now, but I didn’t always.
I moved to a new school in Arizona in the 4th grade. Before that, I was painfully shy (I know, those of you who know me can’t believe that). When I was really young, I would literally cry if people I didn’t know talked to me. It took me a long time to warm up to people and it was really hard for me to make friends. So, as I recall, as my mom sent me off to the bus stop for my first day at the new school, she said, “You’d better talk to someone today or you won’t have a single friend your whole life.” Now, maybe that sounds a bit dramatic, and maybe that’s not exactly what she said, but that’s what I heard and it definitely made an impact on me! My mom recalls me running home from the bus stop saying, “Mom, mom, I made a friend!!” I was scared but it was fear that also motivated me. And, because of the beauty of Facebook, that friend (Glinda Grayam) and I are still connected today. Now, if you know me, you know that I am far from shy. That change was a huge turning point in my life. There are so many things that I wouldn’t have done or become if I was still shy.
Recently, last week, in fact, I made another change. I became the Principal Broker of United Real Estate Music City. My entire team is moving with me. We will still be The Michelle Froedge Team that our clients love. I just have another role in addition to Lead Agent. It was a big decision and there was definitely fear involved. But, apparently, I like the adrenaline, and the challenge.
I challenge you to do something that scares you. Make that change that you’ve been putting off. You won’t grow if you don’t make a move. Do it. A change would do you good.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.