Change is happening every moment and is often something out of our control. However, how we view it, is completely our choice.
Inevitable changes include things like nature, the seasons, tides, aging, and climate. Changes in the seasons, and nature we accept because we have no influence on them. These changes are often the inspiration for many beautiful things such as the incredible changing colours of a sunset or the changes a chrysalis goes through to become a beautiful butterfly. These changes are inevitable, and we accept them as a part of life.
Agingis a change that, when we are younger, we wish would happen faster and as we age we wish it would slow down. There is a huge industry based on the changes we go through as human beings. Billions of dollars are spent trying to change the process of aging. Some cultures have another perspective on this. The young have outer beauty, while the elders have a rich inner beauty called wisdom. All wisdom is built from many moments of experience. Each one of these moments was a moment of change.
In our fast paced world we contribute to climate change. Although we are not necessarily directly in control of it, we can choose to make a positive difference in our own way. Every little bit counts. Saab plant trees to offset the emissions from their cars. Choosing to recycle helps reduce the waste going into our landfills.
Change is another word for opportunity. Every change offers an opportunity to make a choice. We can choose to be a victim of the change, or create something new and make it work for us.
The degree of the change can sometimes overwhelm us. It’s natural to have fear initially. This is one of our defense systems. We are all human, and we all have both positive and negative feelings. What makes the difference is how long you choose to hold onto the fear or negativity. The faster you choose to let it go and change your focus to something productive, the quicker you will create great results.
We all have patterns and habits we’ve had for a lifetime about change and how we view it. Active education is the best way to change your perspective and break old habits. By active education we mean putting what you learn into action immediately. You can only truly learn something once you’ve experienced it. We are constantly changing the resources to help you with this, so make sure you keep an eye on the website.
Change can be stressful for some people. The best way I’ve found to reduce stress is to firstly, take myself out of the situation and imagine I am advising someone else on what to do. This helps to alleviate the emotion so you can do a reality check and take a good look at what is actually happening. From this perspective you can look for the opportunities this change may represent.
Be careful to assess where you are making assumptions. Assumptions are the imaginary rules we put in our way that block possibilities.
There is often fear associated with change. Fear can create the feeling of stress. Most often fear is based on what you imagine is going to happen, rather than what is actually fact. When you begin to feel that fear, ask yourself "What do I know to be absolutely true in this situation?” Don’t allow yourself to dwell on imaginary possibilities. Identify what’s real and what’s not, and concentrate on reality. Let your mind be creative in developing positive outcomes. Your mind can only hold one piece of information at any given moment. If it is holding a positive thought, there is no room for negative thoughts.
Some changes can be planned for in advance. This also helps to reduce stress. In business we talk about strategic planning where we look to the future and devise plans for how to deal with the major changes that could possibly affect our business in the future. We may not know which one is going to happen or when but if something does eventuate, we already have a plan on how to approach it.
We can do the same thing with any area of our lives. This process can be very creative, so you may even develop ideas that you would never have otherwise thought about. Brainstorming is a great way to come up with options and solutions. For more information on brainstorming check out www.choosethetude.com/....
As change is constantly happening, we might as well learn to work with it and choose to make it work for us.
As Gary Zukav says in his book titled The Mind of the Soul - Responsible Choice, "You cannot change yourself by wishing, thinking, wanting or desiring. You must change. When you do, you will cease to attract people who wish, think, want and desire to change. You will step into a new domain of experience, and you will find new friends there."
At Choose the ‘Tude we have recently had the opportunity to change where we do business. Firstly, not only are our products and services available throughout New Zealand, earlier this year we opened in Australia! A huge change and a huge opportunity!
Secondly, as a result of turning change into an opportunity we have restructured how we do business and we have realized another dream – to make the business so flexible we can work from anywhere. Being a web based company we able to move quickly to make the most of opportunities when they arise. This means we will be moving, which brings opens up many more possibilities.
Changing how you think about things brings so many opportunities. If you want to achieve more than you already have, change your thinking and your actions.
It’s time for change!
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