Any type of change can trigger off stress, emotions and rock our everyday, otherwise peaceful world. However, 1 type of change brings out the most stress. The initiation of change or plans to initiate.
For example, seeking out a new job, leaving a relationship, moving town or country. Then the fear of change becomes a much bigger part of the equation.
To avoid the fear there are two routes:
- Temporary relief? Choose to stay right where you are and continue doing exactly what you’ve been doing. This stops the what-ifs, unknown future, and the change wholesomely. But, if it’s a change that deep down, you know you need to make you will be stuck in a situation where you are unhappy, unsatisfied therefore impossible to lead a fulfilled life!
- You take the leap, make the change and reap all the benefits from it! Despite the temporary fear, you move towards the desired change and this elevates you.
To do this effectively, here are a few tips:
- Accept uncertainty.
- Examine the best/ worst case scenarios (realistic scenarios).
- Start with baby steps! There is always something to do towards your change.
- Create a plan/strategy. By far the most important factor to make the change last.
- Seek “expert” advice. Not everybody’s opinion should be valued the same. In fact, ask 3-4 “experts” to get a proper unbiased opinion.
- It’s ok to be imperfect. Accept that there is a time and place for your perfectionism and it is definitely not now. Perfectionism has no place at the beginning of a life change. It only leads to procrastination.
- Burn your bridges. Once you’ve decided to change, don’t allow open doors to go back to the way you were.
Try to grasp the idea that life is a constant change and when change occurs it means there is life!
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change – Charles Darwin
I hope this helps next time you are faced with change!