Your assumptions are your windows on the world.
Scrub them off every once in a while,
or the light won’t come in.
Have you ever found yourself in a position where change was inevitable? You may have felt annoyed, frustrated, or even scared about how that part of your life was going to change. Perhaps you felt trapped knowing that the change was going to happen whether you liked it or not. If you rebelled against the change, you know how alarming these types of situations can be.
You may have felt a little out of sorts or stressed out for days, weeks, or even months. But what if you were to undergo a paradigm shift and begin to view change as opportunity? What if you could reach out and embrace change with open arms?
Here are a few suggestions to help you with expand your mind, open your eyes, see a new perspective with regard to embracing change as opportunity in your life.
1. Accept the idea of change. When you get comfortable with the idea that change is going to happen, it will help you go into a change with less stress. John F. Kennedy once said, “The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.” Change will, in essence, always be occurring. Recognizing this fact will make life easier for you.
2. See that change implies progress. Whether you are ready to admit it to yourself or not, when something changes, it is progressing toward something. As you have probably realized by now, living life on a day-to-day basis often involves making progress on some level.
3. Recognize that change will introduce some unknowns into your life. The aspect of change that probably shakes you up the most is that it introduces unknown factors. It can be a bit discombobulating to not know what may be coming your way. Still, the unknown aspect of change must be acknowledged.
4. Be ready to experience the “newness” that change brings. If you can shift your thinking from a focus on the “scary” unknown to recognize that change involves “newness”-new things, people, places, and ideas-with at least some of it bringing excitement and interest, you will feel a whole lot better about it.
5. Believe that change can be transformative. You may find yourself being exposed to better products, knowledge, and skills as results of change. Many changes also have great aspects that open up your life in ways that you had not imagined before. Your experience at work or home-wherever the change occurs-can transform your life for the better.
6. Notice that a wider array of choices often accompanies change. Along with change often come increased options. A whole new world opens up, in a sense. You are in a position to take advantage of new choices.
7. View change as “the spice of life.” There is an old adage that is based on something the poet, William Cowper, wrote that states, “Variety is the spice of life.” If you can embrace this attitude in how you view change, your whole approach to it will be different.
8. Tell yourself that you can adjust to change. The fact is that you have probably experienced hundreds of changes so far over your lifetime. And you have managed to adjusted to each of them. You have worked things out. You will be able to adjust to more changes in the future.
If you shift how you regard changes, you can learn to feel more comfortable with them. Accepting change, viewing change as progress, recognizing there will be unknowns, and embracing the newness of change will help you get ready for change.
If you can see change as transformative, notice that it creates more choices for you, view it as “the spice of life,” and remind yourself that you can adjust to anything that happens, you will be able to approach change more positively. Then you can step forward into the next change with an open mind!