The one constant thing in our lives is change.
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future” – John F Kennedy
We cannot avoid it and the more we resist change the tougher our life becomes. Change as John F Kennedy quoted is a Law of Life. We are surrounded by change and it is the one thing that has the most dramatic impact on our lives. There is no avoiding change as it will find you, challenge you and force you to reconsider how to live your life.
In this article, we will look into the importance of adapting to change and how you can adjust yourself to an ever-changing life.
Why Do You Have to Adapt to Change?
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” —Jim Rohn
Change can come into our lives as a result of a crisis, as a result of choice or just by chance. In either situation, we are all faced with having to make a choice – do we make the change or not?
I believe that it is better to be prepared for change because we have more control over how we react to the change we are having to face in our lives.
When you are unprepared and resistant to change, then you have no control or choice as to how you want to live your life. You live your life as a reactionary rather than an activator of change.
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” —Lao Tzu
We cannot avoid the unexpected events (crisis) in our lives, as it is these events that challenge us and force us to step out of our comfort zone. If we ignore or hide away from the challenge of change, we deny ourselves the opportunity to learn and grow.
“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” —Henri Bergson
Our resilience in life can only grow stronger when we embrace change and manage these challenges in a positive way, rather than hide away and ignore the opportunities that change can bring to our lives.
There is no escaping the impact that change can bring into in your life. Managing change in life is key to living a life where you are not only surviving but thriving as well.
5 Strategies for Adapting to Change
These 5 strategies below are the key steps that will enable you to adapt and successfully manage change in your life.
1. Changing Your Mindset – Your Power Choice
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”.— George Bernard Shaw
We like to live our lives in our comfort zone. Our subconscious likes this because it is the “known”. Embracing change is stepping into the unknown and our subconscious will does not like the “unknown.” so it will resist.
Our fear and self-limiting beliefs will kick into action when we are faced with the disruptive consequences of change. There is no escaping the fact that change is a disruptor and it feels uncomfortable and scary. However, it is our power of choice that enables us to activate positive change in our lives.
We cannot control the events of change in our life, but we can control how we react to the impact that these events have on our lives.
“Life is about choices. Some we regret, some we’re proud of. Some will haunt us forever. The message: we are what we chose to be.” — Graham Brown
The more you use your power of choice and the more you focus your mindset on positively adapting to change, the more resilient you will be to dealing with impact that change will bring to your life.
2. Find Meaning In Life
“Step out of your comfort zone. Comfort zones, where your unrealized dreams are buried, are the enemies of achievement. Leadership begins when you step outside your comfort zone.” ― Roy T. Bennett
Knowing what is important in your life gives you purpose and sets the direction of how you want to live your life. With a sense of purpose and meaning in life, you have clarity and focus and both these elements are essential to you being able to successfully adapt and manage the impact of change in your life.
Having no purpose or meaning means that you tend to drift in life within the confines of your comfort zone. Purpose and meaning in life gives you the courage to step out of your comfort zone – which is where you will find change and the opportunities it can offer to you.
3. Let Go of Your Regrets
The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” – Steve Maraboli
Regrets have a huge impact on how you respond to change and they hold you back in life. Letting go of your regrets is key to you being able to move forward in life.
It is the events of change that present opportunities in life, so if are looking back at your past you may miss the opportunities of the present and the future.
You cannot change what you did or did not do in the past so let it go. The only control you have now is to choose to live in your present and future life.
A great exercise to deal with regrets in life is to blow up a heap of balloons and on each balloon write a regret. Then, let the balloon go. As the balloon drifts off, out loud say goodbye to that regret.
Very simple but an effective way of dealing with the pile of regrets that you have collected in your lives.
4. Write a List of Scary Things to Do – Then Go Do Them
Change is scary and it is all about stepping out of your comfort zone into the unknown. Our subconscious needs to get familiar with us stepping out of a comfort zone and doing scary things. In fact we want to train our subconscious into believing that stepping out of our comfort zone and doing scary things is a normal thing for us to do.
Make a list of scary things that you would like to do but have been too afraid to. Put a plan in place and then go do them. Go have fun, challenge yourself and get yourself use to the feeling of being scared and stepping into the unknown.
Public speaking is one of the most frightening things for me and for many other people to do. To overcome my fear of public speaking, I joined Toast Masters My first speech I gave was a nightmare. My knees were knocking (didn’t know that was possible – but it is!) and I broke out in a sweat and my voice was a whisper when I started my speech.
I got through it and though it wasn’t the greatest speech the exhilaration of actually overcoming my fear was amazing. I kept going and know enjoy public speaking so much that I jump at any opportunity to speak.
5. Focus on Living a Balanced and Healthy Life
“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.” – Buddha
Living a balanced and healthy active life builds our resilience and ability to successfully manage the disruption that change can have on our lives.
Stress is a normal response to dealing with changes and challenges in daily life. In the short term, stress can help you perform better under pressure, but constant stress can pose problems for your health.
Finding positive ways to deal with the stress and pressure that we face daily is key to our survival on both a physical and emotional level.
Some healthy lifestyle actions you can use to successfully manage change and disruption in your life are:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Exercise regularly
- Reduce caffeine and sugar.
- Avoid cigarettes, alcohol and other drugs.
- Get enough sleep
- Practice meditation regularly
- Take time out and disconnect from technology
- Learn how to relax and have fun
- Connect with others. Spend time with people who have a positive impact on your life.
There are many more things you can to do to live a health balanced life. The key is that you commit to activities that enable you to be resilient, optimitic, physically and mentally fit to successful work through the impact that change can bring to your life.
We all desire to live successful, happy and long lives. To achieve what we all desire we need to be proactive about how we mange the change we face in our lives.
Denial and resisting change will only result in you living a miserable life. This is why it is so important to learn how to be adaptable, resilient and bold in life because these 3 things are key to you successfully adapting to the constant impact that change will have on your life.
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