Change is How You Grow!
By Lorie Rosenberg
As spring approaches, you see the changes that begin to take place. The plants, shrubs, and trees have endured a cold, harsh winter, and you begin to see the buds bursting open, the flowers starting to bloom, and finally the leaves popping out as if overnight.
In nature there’s a constant and continuous cycle of change that’s exhibited in the growth and maturing of the outdoor landscape.
As we, too, mature from children to adults, there are similar changes that take place in the struggles and changes we must endure to grow into strong, vibrant adults. The path to adulthood isn’t easy. It takes overcoming adversity and challenges. It takes learning new skills and ways of doing things. And it takes continual change to move from childlike notions to mature thinking. But change doesn’t stop at adulthood as many people might think. Change is a constant and continuous process in life, just as it is with nature.
Many people think that once they become adults, they’ve completed all of their learning and they're now settled on their way of life. But that only leads to complacency and getting stuck in old behaviors that don’t work anymore. That’s why it’s absolutely imperative that you continue to adapt and change to meet the needs of your environment and be open to the opportunities that are put before you. It’s about continually learning new perspectives on life, taking on new challenges, and moving in directions you hadn’t considered before.
How to Make Change Work for You
Life is a constant state of flux…like the course of a river as it flows around rocks and crevices. Its path depends on a variety of factors: the amount of water rushing down the river, the boundary of the banks that restricts its flow, and the obstacles that steer it in new directions. One day the river flows calmly and straight, another day it rushes wildly and overflows its banks.
The same is true about life. One day everything seems to be going well, and then something happens that sets in motion a whole new path for you. What you were doing yesterday may now be a thing of the past. It's quite natural to want everything to remain the same, but forces out of our control may drive us in a direction we hadn't even considered.
The key is anticipating the need for change and taking decisive action before circumstances thrust you forward, all while you're trying to remain planted in your particular situation.
Understanding that change is constant and inevitable will help you as you integrate change into your life. Here are some strategies to help you more effectively manage change and make it an important part of your daily life:
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Sometimes it’s so much easier to do as you’ve always done instead of making changes that will improve your life. Routine is comfortable; that’s why we create habits. Yet some habits are destructive and need to be replaced by better ones. To do so, you may need to step out of our comfort zone, try something new and different, and experience the success of positive change.
Anticipate the Needs of the Current Environment
Instead of waiting for circumstances to force us to change, a more effective approach is to anticipate the type of change you need to make to grow and prosper. This may take some introspection at times to look objectively at your life and determine if it's what you had really wanted for yourself. If not, then it’s time to make a change, and improve the way you’re living.
When One Door Closes, Another Opens
What’s amazing about life is that when one door closes, another one miraculously opens. It may not be apparent right away. Yet if you keep your eyes open to the opportunities put before you, you’ll find that things start opening up for you and you’ll see a new path emerge that brings about change.
Unfortunately, many people get stuck when challenges get in the way of their progress. Sometimes they become depressed, lose hope, and see no way out. It’s natural to grieve over past circumstances, but you need to always remain hopeful for a new brighter future that awaits them. We all experience difficulties; the challenge is overcoming and moving past them to bring stability and equilibrium back into our lives.
Change Broadens Your Knowledge Base
What’s important about adversity is that it makes you stronger. When you’ve gone through difficult periods in your life, you realize that it was rough, but you had the fortitude to recover, a little scrapped and bruised, but more confident that you can handle whatever comes your way. In addition, you’ll have a new knowledge base that you can use when you have similar experiences. This knowledge will go a long way to building a more self-assured attitude about life.
The First Step Can be the Most Difficult One
Sometimes the first step to making change can be the most difficult one. As I said before, change is difficult, yet it’s how we grow and evolve. In order to manage effective change, we have to evaluate what’s truly important in our lives and determine how we need to make that a priority. We need to set goals and develop an action plan to make them happen. It takes between 21 and 30 days to create a habit, but it only takes a few minutes to make a commitment to ensure that you follow through to completion.
The Only One You Can Control is You
It’s common knowledge that the only person you can change is yourself. You can force people to act in a certain way some of the time, but it never lasts unless they are committed to the action. You, on the other hand, have complete control of your actions and behaviors. You are the only one you need to convince that you need to make a change and work on a particular area of your life. And there’s no excuse blaming your issues on someone else. You are in charge of your destiny so make it a good one.
Recognize the Benefits of Change
Changing habits you’ve had for a while can be difficult. It’s important to understand all the benefits you’ll get when you achieve your goal. Some can be pretty apparent; others you may have to imagine. You’ll feel better, you’ll have greater confidence, you’ll have a better job, you’ll be a better person, and you’ll have the admiration of your friends and family. When obstacles appear and you’re not sure if your goal is worth the effort, you can think about all the benefits you’ll get when you’ve achieved success. That will help you sustain the effort when the going gets tough.
Change broadens your experiences and helps you to see the world from a whole new perspective. People who fail to change can become stuck in negative behaviors that keep them from achieving their true potential. Positive change moves you forward, brings you joy, and creates opportunities for growth.
The truth of the matter is that you can change them…but it’s easier when you have support from people around you. That’s why it’s critical to surround yourself with positive individuals who encourage you to be a better YOU! In addition, you need a step-by-step plan you can follow with tools, resources, and strategies to help you achieve your goals.
Now is the perfect time to make change a daily habit that will bring new opportunities and new possibilities your way.
It’s Time to Go Create You!
No matter where you are, you have the potential for success. You have everything you need within you to reach your full potential…to live a life of significance and to fulfill your goals and dreams. There’s nothing that can hold you back if you know what it is you want to achieve, have a plan with specific steps to move you in the right direction, and the drive and motivation to see it through to completion. Isn't it time to Go Create You!