What was the weather like yesterday? This time of year I can bet it was different from today. Did you run onto new road construction on your way to work today? Are things different at your work now compared to a year ago? Change has become the driving force in our lives. For better or worse, like it or not.
The constant, rapid changes make us feel a loss of control over our lives. Humans typically resist change. Change brings uncertainty. What we thought we knew yesterday doesn’t exist today. As we struggle to adapt to the new norm, another thing changes, never allowing us to relax and truly acclimate to life. Chaos.
As I mentioned human nature resist change in general. Our problem is that change is inevitable. We have no control over it. What we do have control over is our response to change. If we accept the common human response to change we are forced to live with chaos, uncertainty and anxiety. Our environment controls us. We can adjust our response to change.
We can look at change, not as a disruption of our lives but as a building block to our future. If we were to look at the potential positive outcomes of the changes our anxiety would change to hopeful anticipation. The road closed to one lane will disrupt my life for the next six months, but after it is completion, for the next several years I will have an additional lane to drive in and avoid all the other “idiots” on the road (Not sure when they all became idiots but they seem to be when they are in front of me. Hmmm might be another thing to look at myself). The changes at work will take time getting used to but maybe they are part of something that will allow my company to compete and remain in business another ten years. I kinda like having a job. In fact the optimist would look at the change as an opportunity to be part of developing these changes into everyday work and personally making things better for the whole company.
As most things in life, it is simply a matter of YOUR perception and reaction. No one lives in a bubble. The world constantly intrudes and disrupts for better or worse. That is LIFE. None of the outside intrusions can force us to think or feel a certain way. Our response, how we feel, is a personal decision. We are hard-wired to resist change and outside disruptions. We want everything to remain the same allowing us to stay in our comfort zone. Personal growth requires change. For us to be any better than we are today, we must experience change.
You only have one decision to make. Allow the changes in your world to control you or take control and make the changes work for you.