Many people are afraid of change. Usually this means they are afraid of the unknown. It is a generally a matter of not trusting themselves. Yet, we may as well make peace with change because it is the one constant in life. Change means to alter, convert or transform the form or content of something.
Change can be simple as ten dimes for a dollar or as complex as birth, death, marriage or divorce or building, using, and finally decay and release. But since change is the only constant in life, we can count on it. Day moves to night and back again. Spring flows to summer and fall to winter.
Every molecule of your body is constantly changing. Blood flows; your breath rotates in and out; food is digested, assimilated, and eliminated. You sleep and wake in cycle. Basically you have two choices where change is concerned. You can adapt to the process or resist it. In other words, you joyfully greet change or you are dragged kicking and screaming to new phases of life. Since change is inevitable, it is wise to embrace it with enthusiasm.
For instance, you can choose to grow in health or you can physically deteriorate. You can profit from the opportunities change presents and choose progress over stagnation and decline. Even though many find change difficult, it does make life exciting and provokes evolution.
Entertainer and sausage maker, Jimmy Dean, notes, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” President, John F. Kennedy, confirmed that “Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”
You can prepare yourself for change by regularly stepping out of your routine. Take physical, mental, and spiritual breaks. This will help you see a broader picture and develop adaptability. Charles Darwin acknowledged that, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive nor the most intelligent but the one most responsive to change.”
Stay open to possibilities by avoiding judgment, assumptions, and other ego traps. The ego wants to avoid expansion. It does that by trying to control everything insuring the maintenance of status quo and smallness. When you think, “My way is the only way; this is the way I have always done it. It is the right way,” it is time to set your ego aside so you can grow because, for sure, there are other, better ways to get things done.
Lastly commit to learning from everyone and everything. Read, ask questions, and explore new experiences, options, and people. Take classes, take on new projects, say hello to a stranger. Life is filled with endless possibilities. Investigate as many as possible. The more information you acquire, the larger your range of choices, the more exciting your life and the greater your growth. What opportunities for expansion are present in your life right now? Set your fear aside and investigate one of them.
Jean Walters is Best Selling author and coach. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314 566 5231 cell