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Change is inevitable. You are not who you were 10 or 20 years ago, are you?
So many of us resist change, and yet it is our only certainty. We have to learn how to embrace it and not fight it. The more we allow change to take shape and go with it, the more we are going to be that very person we aspire to be.
We resist change because we are creatures of habit. Our brains are wired to repeat the same thing, over and over again, regardless of how good or bad the habit is.
To put it simply, to change your habits is to change your life.
Most of us lead fairly routine lives and that’s how we stay organized, meet our commitments, and get everything done. Sometimes, people ask me how they can know when they are going through a change when everything is usually so typical, conventional, and ‘normal’, day after day.
The key is to keep looking for change in all its form, big or small.
Why You Should Always Be Looking for Change
Sensing the Seeds of Change
Sometimes, we get an external shakeup that precipitates change. Other times, we come across more slow-moving circumstances, which make us feel uncomfortable or pushed out of our ‘comfort zone’.
Either way, when you sense that the best thing to do is surrender, you’ll find a sense of curiosity that comes with it. When was the last time you did something for the first time? Did that question really make you think?
How often do we really take risks? How often do we change routines completely the opposite of what we know? Not often. You never know what you may discover if you do something new. The interesting thing about that is that the more risks you take in life, the more you get to find out who you really are.
Change Brings Opportunity
When you are intentionally looking for change, your mind expands in ways that you haven’t experienced before – and it really brings light to your limitations. You learn ways to embrace chaos that seem foreign and you become more adaptable, more flexible with what is going on.
It opens up the possibilities of learning new ways of working. It makes you more flexible and adaptable because everything is just one big adventure!
When we are brave enough to go looking for change, and ‘let it be’ without reacting to it, the more our confidence grows. Always remember that we don’t have to respond until we’re ready. That thought puts us back in the driver’s seat. When we have fun with change, it is far less daunting.
Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes
In fact, some studies suggest that people who learn to thrive on change are happier than people who resist it, spending their lives cocooned in similarity and familiarity.
Of course, you have to play to your own strengths. Stark contrast or rapid change is NOT for everyone, so start with little changes. Embrace new routines and say ‘yes’ to doing things differently.
When you do, you are opening your mindset to new experiences and opportunities, new people, new skills, thereby increasing your self-esteem. It’s only when we experience ‘fear’ that we find courage.
If you want to live your life to the fullest potential, then you need to be open to change and variety. Change is inevitable. Change helps us grow – even if the change leads you to an outcome that wasn’t exactly what you originally had in mind. There’s always something to learn.
Change at times will take you in a different direction. At times, we can momentarily feel lost or worried. But every situation passes, eventually.
Without change, we’d have no seasons, no rain, no sun, no snow, and no moon. Change is at the heart of the cycle of life. Change is the difference between day and night. So keep looking for change… and watch the magic unfold.