The Adventure Of Change

 

How do you view change? Is it something you fear or something you embrace? I’m talking big changes here, like changing jobs or moving to a new city. The ability to adapt to new big changes, regardless of whether they are voluntary, is essential to your success when you make the change.

Some people fear change. If they are moving to a new town, they wonder if they’ll make new friends, how they’ll find their way around town, and whether they’ll like their new neighborhood.

But I like to look at change as an adventure. If I was moving to a new town (as I have a few times), I’d think about all the new places I’m going to find, the activities the city has to offer, and the new restaurants I will discover.

It’s a completely different mindset, but it can affect your whole experience.

So if you are a worrier and you fear change, how can you adjust your mindset and turn it into an adventure? It starts with trusting yourself. Take, for instance, your worry about finding new friends. Trust yourself that you know you’ve made many friends before, people enjoy being around you, you have a warm personality. Who wouldn’t want to be your friend?

If your concern is finding your way around your new city, trust yourself that you’ll figure it out. You’re smart, you have found your way around unfamiliar places before, and YOU HAVE GPS! :) Not to mention sometimes getting lost is the best way to discover new neighborhoods, parks, shops, and restaurants. It’s an adventure!

If, when contemplating change, you tend to have fears rather than a sense of adventure, just trust yourself. Know that whatever concern you have, regardless of whether it comes true, you have the ability to handle it. You will find a way to make it work. And you will learn more about yourself in the process.

Be brave! Know that failure might be part of the process. Heck, expect that a failure or two might be part of the process. But trust yourself enough to know that even with failure, you will find solutions, you will find success, and you will be a more enriched person for having gone through the process.

Posted on June 29, 2012, in Emotional Health and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. This is a great post! I personally LOVE change and have experienced a lot of it in my life. A key piece to embracing change is often to trust that all is well and that sometimes through chaos and instability – greatness can show up!

    • I agree, Moira. Change can mean a bit of chaos, and sometimes you get more than you bargained for. But other times you make new discoveries along the way, and that's what makes it so worth it.

  2. Carolyn Hughes

    Really enjoyable post! Change can be very frightening especially if like me you are a bit of a controller! But I have a motto and that is "If you're afraid to do it, do it afraid" and face the change head on!

    • Oh, I'm a "bit" of a controller too! :) And I like things to be predictable. But I really am finding that there's something really exciting about the challenge of major changes. And you're right, if all else fails, just jump in and "do it afraid."

  3. I like how you approach change as an adventure…awesome way to think of it, rather than focusing on fear and worry. Great post!

  4. Great advice Nisha! I don't have any problem with the big changes. I could pick up and move across the country tomorrow and trust that I'll figure it all out. It's the little changes that bring all my fears to the surface. I'll start thinking of them as mini-adventures and maybe everything will flow more smoothly!

  5. Great post, Nisha! I'd rather take on the adventure than live in fear. You never know what fun things lie ahead.

  6. Thanks for a great post! I use to fear change, now I embrace it and like you look at it as an adventure.

  7. Anita Fiander

    I love change :) I know when things are changing that better things will come in the end. This year has been a roller coaster for me …I am excited to see the outcome and enjoying the journey :)

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