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Learn to embrace change

Learn to embrace change. It is going to happen and there is not a thing you can do to stop it. Trying to fight it will be hard on you and guess what…the change happens regardless. Keep in mind, some change is good. Good or bad, it is still change and can be disruptive.

As advised by the late great David Bowie: “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange.” But we don’t like to face the strange. We don’t like change. 
In an article posted by Inc. written by Daniella Whyte, she lists the top five reasons people resist change.
  • People fear being different-especially when there is no precedent
  • People feel overwhelmed or stressed
  • People fear a departure from the status quo
  • People lack trust in the one making changes
  • People know change brings a new set of possibilities and problems

I agree with Daniella Whyte’s reasons for resisting change. That said, there is still no stopping change. Regardless of the reasons you fear change, it is inevitable. 

So, how can you learn to deal with change? Here are a few tips. 
  • If you know the change is coming, prepare yourself as much as possible. Plan.
  • Learn to embrace change. Learn to roll with it. Learn to adapt. It will be less stressful.
  • Try to find the positives of the change. There has to be something good that comes from the change. Find it.
  • Change your focus from the things you cannot control to the things you can control.
  • If you need help, ask for it. Lean on your people.
  • If you need to vent. Say it. Move on. Don’t dwell on it. 
  • Don’t try to fight it. It is happening. Fighting it will only delay your acceptance and your ability to move through the change. 
  • Do your best to maintain your routine. Hold onto “normal” wherever possible.

Ultimately, change can be good or bad. It can be disruptive or easy. What is important is how you deal with change. Don’t forget, always take care of you. The storm will pass, don’t lose yourself in the process.