Welcome the Opportunity of Change
by Linda-Ann Stewart
"There is nothing permanent except change." Heraclitus
As humans, we tend to resist change, especially when it's thrust upon us. We want to stay with the status quo, even when what's familiar is holding us back and making us uncomfortable. But life is change. You aren't the same person you were yesterday. Your life is slightly different than it was last year. Sometimes change is gradual and sometimes it comes at you all at once.
When change is thrust upon you, your first instinct may be to ignore it and hope for the best. But this only wastes energy. Unfortunately, resistance just delays the inevitable and makes it harder to deal with the issue when it erupts all over your life. If you haven't prepared to handle the fallout, the consequences can be disastrous.
Accept What's Coming and Adjust
When you're driving, and see a curve ahead, you adjust your speed and steering ahead of time. For big events in your life, you make plans, like a party, wedding, birth, or retirement. You recognize that each of these occasions requires thought and preparation, or there could be complications. Most people even make a will and take out insurance as protection against unforeseen circumstances.
Not all of change is beneficial. But even if you don't want the change, don't put blinders on. Accept that it's happening. When you shift from fighting against the change to accepting it, you free up your inner resources, creativity and innovation. William James, philosopher and psychologist, said, "Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune." You aren't giving up or giving into misfortune; you're recognizing the reality of the situation and addressing it.
When change starts to push into your life, pay attention. There will be signals that change is in the offing. You could have a dip in your revenue, a recurring sign that you need to attend to your health, or trusted tactics not working as well as they once did. This isn't an excuse to overreact, but to start planning ahead for a potential shift.
Stay aware of the currents of life and where they're taking you. Look ahead to where you may be headed, and make plans to avoid a potential crisis. When you're forward thinking, you're able to notice difficulties that may be in the offing. Problems generally show up with a hidden opportunity. When you keep your mind open to how you can capitalize on a situation, you'll find a way to do so.
Instead of reacting when you're forced to, be proactive and make plans ahead of time. Anticipate future problems and find ways to turn them to your advantage. This means you meet the issue on your terms, and can triumph over it. Even if the change isn't as extreme as you expect, you still have exercised your creativity concerning the situation. Being proactive improves your sense of control, empowerment, and reduces your stress. It can also help you develop a better outlook on life and increase your coping skills.
Change pushes you to grow, to become more resilient, flexible and innovative. You become a better person as you learn to adjust to new situations and circumstances. When you seek out the best of a situation, you may find something much better than you ever expected. Embrace change, prepare for it, and you will thrive.
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As a focus coach, hypnotherapist, and speaker, Linda-Ann Stewart motivates women to focus and transform their business through deliberate actions that break through distraction and overwhelm to greater success, freedom, wellbeing and prosperity. Watch her FREE training video on Set Your Course to Success: 4 steps to strategically achieve your goals with confidence and ease. Register for the video and accompanying action planning guide at www.SetYourCourseGuide.com. You can contact her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com or 928-600-0452.