Change is inevitable, that is a fact of life. Whether we are in our control or not, change will come. Our loved ones die, jobs end, relationships end, our lease might be up, and we’re forced to move to a new place, it doesn’t matter in what way or what aspect of life, something will be changing at some point. Generally, variation tends to add a layer of stress no matter the change, even when it is a positive change. If we are promoted, we get excited, but we also worry about the new challenges, the new things to learn, maybe the new co-workers. Reality is that the fear of change has the potential to paralyze us. But even though our natural reaction is to oppose life transitions, there are many ways in which change can be beneficial. Whether the change is positive or negative it has the potential to lead to personal growth and being able to successfully go through a change can leave us feeling stronger and more confident. In other words, even those changes that are neither expected nor wanted might still produce some beneficial outcome.
Fortunately, coping with change is possible. Here are a few tips that can potentially help you embrace change:
- Keep a positive attitude. Life will throw you curveballs, constantly, but keeping a positive attitude will help you find better solutions. Your mind will be calmer, and you will be able to see the problem(s) ahead of you clearer and more objectively. Don’t you believe it? Try it!
- Accept that change is constant. The sooner you understand that opposing change is futile the better chances you will have to adapt to it. Part of that is coming to terms with the possibility that a new situation might not be perfect, but your previous situation probably wasn’t either.
- Change will keep you active, physically, and mentally. Change will prevent you from getting bored in your current role and it will challenge you to work harder to get to where you want. Like exercise, the more you practice it the better at it you will become. This practice will show, in your mind and body.
- Change your perspective. Combat change with change itself. Take advantage of what is inevitable and use it to your benefit. For example, change can help you expand your professional horizons, make new friends, hobbies, and new ideas.
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”