How To Get Better at Dealing with Change
Self-responsible is the art of being able to respond to your external environment with agency. It puts the power straight in your lap, and gives you the ability to make conscious choices -- even when things feel whacky.
Have you noticed how you tend to respond when change happens? Whether it’s in the context of your work-life or personal life, change is unavoidable. As the seasons change, phases of your life shift and relationships evolve -- your growth boils down to how you manage change and take stock of what’s important to you.
Make space for the new stuff to come your way. De-clutter. Donate things you don’t use. Your physical space is a great reflection of the mental and emotional baggage that can be getting in your way. We love Marie Kondo’s new book on the Joy of Tidying Up.
Let go of expectations you have of what’s to come or the way things ‘should be’. You’ll be pleasantly suprised how freeing this can be. Whether you write down a list of expectations and toss it in the fire or release your fears over the sunset -- choosing a ritual that feels good to you can be healing in the waves of change.
Give thanks for what’s served you in the past Gratitude is a soothing agent when it comes to the fear that tends to crop up during change. It helps shift the narrow tunnel-vision of fear into an appreciation for what is. It can be tough to go from fear to love, but gratitude is the portal to shifting those feelings.
Last fall during the Human Dynamics portion of the Purpose Led Business School, I watched one woman come up against some big changes. She’d had been going through a big shift in her business and personal life, and was terrified of what was to come. When she busted through her fear, everything changed.
Her business began to thrive, her happiness was through the roof and opportunity started coming out of left field like you’d never believe. The power of accepting change and reducing fear so you can create stability in your life and business is a massive gift.