By Daniel Jacob, MSW Change...\u00a0 It sounds so simple, people use it often on a daily basis as a way to correct, improve outcomes, gain knowledge, etc.\u00a0 However, I believe the greatest reward associated with positive change, is the ability and capability to move forward.\u00a0 We are all capable of having positive change in our lives, but often we are not able in making it happen.\u00a0 Reflect on that statement for a moment.\u00a0 Having personally and professionally \u00a0had several opportunities to help others change for the better, I use this example in the most clear and straightforward manner that I can. If you are in a state where your path in life is just a series of roadblocks with no sight of an opening, you often feel stuck, hopeless and helpless.\u00a0 At this point you may not see change for the better as a way out because you are so frustrated, angry, tired, and all the other feelings associated with a life filled with roadblocks.\u00a0 Your too physically and mentally drained to even think about taking action, and often many\u00a0 convince themselves that it is easier to keep on suppressing. This is where the work part comes into play. You yourself have the answers, you just can't see them, and instead of moving towards a plan of positive change, you settle for being stuck.\u00a0 This makes sense as I have mentioned prior it is easier to settle for being stuck.\u00a0 It is hard, very hard to do the necessary work to get unstuck and move through and forward.\u00a0 So, when I say that we are all capable of change for the better we are.\u00a0 We are just not always able.\u00a0 This is the underlying message in it all.\u00a0 Capability vs Ability.\u00a0 If you just look at those two words and there meaning, you hopefully can see the solution to getting through those roadblocks.\u00a0 You can see that there is a way to change for the better. Furthermore, you have to really understand and remember that you must be patient with the process, you must!\u00a0 While changing for the better is the hardest work that you will ever face, it does not happen quickly and often in the time frame that most desire. This is why we often have setbacks because we become frustrated or nonbelievers to the process when we don't see it happening as quick as we would like.\u00a0 Well, ask yourself what option is better? To have a life filled with negative outcomes and opportunities fueled by the actions and behavior that are creating such?\u00a0 Or have a life (still with challenges and roadblocks, life does not provide a challenge/stress free existence) filled with positive outcomes and opportunities influenced by your ability to trust the process, be patient with it, and implement the appropriate skills/tools needed in order to change for the better? My hope is that this example can provide you with an understanding that life is a series of learning opportunities that allow YOU to determine the quality of your life.\u00a0 It is up to you and the choices you make that will move you forward, or keep you back.\u00a0 I hope these words can provide that opening so that you will be able to start the process of changing for the better, with the understanding that the person writing this is the same person who had to learn this lesson, and will continue to.\u00a0 Until we meet again may you be well to your day, and the day shall be well to you.