How to get comfortable and embrace change
Nothing ever remains the same; growth and decay are fundamental elements in nature as well as our human existence.
So how do you handle change? Does anger, denial, confusion and fear of the unknown come up for you? Most people think of change as a negative experience we endure as best we can. But change is not always bad and it doesn’t always lead to bad outcomes. In fact change is the essence of improvement, innovation, growth, expansion and evolution. So why do people resist it?
Part of our resistance to change is internal. We simply assume that the change we face will result in bad outcomes and a future we won’t like. Many of us believe that things should remain the same and we do everything in our power to maintain the status quo. Some of us have difficultly adapting and we resist the extra effort required to figure out how to thrive in the changed circumstances. We can also feel victimised by the change and believe we are powerless to influence it.
So where does this struggle to accept change come from?
Our mindset is made up of core beliefs and the values we hold about ourselves, others and life in general. These constructs create our fundamental assumptions about reality. This forms our worldview. They have been built up over time through experiences (both good and bad) and their associated stored emotions.
The Top 3 ways to embrace change.
1. Steer clear of the resistors. Although you may have some doubts and fears about the proposed changes, the last thing you need is to be seen as part of the group of naysayers that gossip and spread rumours about how bad the immanent changes are going to be. This group is normally the first to be shown the door.
2. Learn to embrace change. Instead of worrying about what you are going to lose and how you are going to be disadvantaged, be the first to put up your hand to help implement the change. Get involved with new committees and work teams and become a driver of change and new opportunities will open up for you.
3. Get excited about your growth potential. Change is a good time to take stock of where you are in your career and the value you offer to the organisation. Think about what you can learn, what you can achieve and devise a plan that enables you to move forward with an enthusiastic and positive attitude.
If you find yourself resisting change, take time to think about how you can use the transformation to your advantage. Is there anything that you can learn from it to enable you to expand and grow? Are there opportunities to acquire new skills and thrive in a new environment? It’s best to jump on board and be an early adopter and embrace change.
The great news is I can show you how to implement these 3 tips so you can make drastic and lasting change that enables you to focus on your goals with a new resolve.
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