Facing change sometimes requires a big dose of energy and resilience. So I have come up with the 7 main things you need to successfully deal with change in all it forms (whether it is a change you choose or you don’t want):
- Take extra care of yourself – times of change can be physically and mentally taxing, so even 10 mins of uninterrupted ‘me time’ can benefit your whole body, have a look my busy is the new black blog for some practical tips.
- Ongoing curiosity and flexibility – wanting to learn more is essential to transition well through change. So approach change with a scientific, curious or childlike fascination. Be open to the different directions that the change may bring.
- Acceptance and readiness – this does not mean opening your arms without question, but being ready to face what the change will bring. This may require courage and an openness to face discomfort
- Be prepared to change habits – this is the hardest step at the beginning, as we are creatures of doing what we have become accustomed to. But remember once the habits have shifted then it will become much easier, as you will have established a set routine.
- Desire to grow – it’s OK to stumble, and to get stuck, but learning happens when you expose yourself to new experiences and different ways of doing things. Be prepared to develop your growth mindset.
- Sustained effort – unfortunately ‘hope’ and ‘finger crossing’ alone won’t bring you over the line. Like all good things in life effort overtime is needed.
- Believe you can change – Sometimes we hold onto our fears from the past when we are faced with change: Will I be able to cope? Is it going to be too hard for me? If you are stuck on your negative beliefs, counselling can help you address your blocks and help you to a shift to mindset that promotes change.
What to do when change is not a choice?
Take a deep breath. Ask yourself what is the cost-benefit of getting on board with the change?
Take the time to map this out.
Now be honest with yourself and assess your openness or resistance to this change.
It is sometimes hard to admit you just don’t want to change because it may mean changing habits, changing roles or even moving on. Remember it takes more effort to be open to something new, than it is to find fault and reject it. Successful change means you need to be open to learning and doing things differently or expanding on what you already do.
Ask for support – You don’t need to adapt to change on your own…
Working with a coach or counsellor can be beneficial to help you:
- Develop growth mindset
- Come to terms with and accept change
- Implement a change
- Develop strategies to resiliently move through a change.
Thank you for reading my blog and my personal account of what change means to me.
I would appreciate your feedback and look forward to sharing further tips to enhance your resilience and wellbeing in future blogs.
Contributor: Nicole Plotkin is an experienced corporate wellness trainer and principal psychologist at the Emotional Health Centre. She is passionate about working with individuals and workplaces to promote, enhance and restore wellness at work and at home through team based resilience, mental health and stress management training programs and individual counselling sessions.