For some of us, change is the spice of life that keeps us interested and excited, while others need to ease into change, and are creatures of habit. No matter if change excites or frightens us, we need to accept that it is around the corner!
2017 is here! It’s a funny thing because it is just a number and yet it represents a lot more than that. New Year’s resolutions start flying and the opportunity to let go of what wasn’t working and start new routines is both motivating and exciting.
Certainly, things happened in 2016 that we didn’t expect or plan. The same will happen in 2017. The only control we have is how we handle change. The most helpful self-awareness strategy to assist us with adjusting to change is to ‘accept that change is just around the corner’. There are two types of change – the type we plan for and the type that catches us by surprise.
Can you commit to change?
For instance, adding exercise into your daily routine, deciding you would like to change careers, starting your own business or repairing a relationship are all changes that we can plan and place in our realm of control. Determination and commitment of knowing the road may have a few bumps in it will be your biggest assets. Change can bring out tendencies such as avoidance, procrastination and yes sometimes fear. One of the biggest challenges we face is actually committing to change. Before you make the commitment to change the first step that is most important is you must really want to make the change. It must become your highest priority and your main focus!
But what about the kind of change that takes us by surprise? New management at work, a brand new project gets put on our desk, our kids reach a new stage in their development…..one thing is for sure, “change is necessary and inevitable” for individuals and businesses to flourish in today’s fast-paced world. We need to overcome the fear that change drives and begin to embrace change. Most people are able to adapt to change, even if at first it is difficult. Remember that past experiences show you that change in one way or another was for the better, or opened up doors, opportunities or experiences that weren’t there before. The only thing that makes change difficult is your attitude towards it.
Preparing for change is essential.
The best way to deal with change successfully is to prepare for it! We know that we do not have control of everything that happens in our lives. People change and our personal and professional lives change on a regular basis, therefore, if we allow ourselves to anticipate change then it stops us from dealing with strong emotions such as shock, fear, surprise and disappointment when change arises.
An exercise that I recommend when I am facilitating emotional intelligence presentations and consulting is to consider spending some time on a regular basis to generate a list some important changes that could potentially happen in your personal and professional lives and some actions you may take if the change happens. This type of contemplation and problem solving will strengthen your skills and make you more flexible and adaptive.
The following are 5 Reasons Change Is Good for You published in the Huffington Post by Amber Rose Monaco, Founder of Climb Out of The Cubicle.
- You are pushed out of your comfort zone.
- You get to experience more.
- You get to find out who you really are.
- Makes you more flexibility and adaptable.
- You have more fun.
When you expect and prepare for change you become empowered and are able to turn your anxiety into action. Considering possibilities and focusing on what you can do will help you find control and empowerment during challenging times. With change, you just never know what’s around the corner.