Personal Development, Leadership, and Motivation Blog Series
Mislabeling of change
Change, even the word by itself sounds scary and gives a sense of discomfort. Change typically involves stepping away from the norm and business as usual way of doing things, and step into something new, unexplored territory, change in lifestyle, habits, business practices, way of thinking. When we think about change, fear of the unknown overwhelms us with wave of negative thoughts and concerns. But why do we immediately focus on the negative when we think about change? Is change something that we should fear or is it an opportunity to start new, start fresh, and re-create your life for a better?
Change in our lives
Change is a driver of growth and progress in any environment or phase of our life. Therefore, it should not be viewed or regarded as something negative or fearful. Change should be something that we look forward to versus trying to avoid. When we attempt to avoid change, we are telling ourselves and everyone around us that we are comfortable where we are now and do now want anything more, we are happy with the way life goes and prefer to keep everything the way it is. But, is that really the truth or are we simply telling ourselves and others that we are afraid of the unknown. Now we know exactly where we are, what we have, how it is going to be in the next 5-15 years, but when change comes to play, we refuse to think about it or accept it as an opportunity to explore something new and different, perhaps something more fulfilling and exciting.
Readiness for change
When we choose to accept change, we tell everyone and the universe that we are ready for more, for something greater and not satisfied to continue sitting in the same place for the rest of our life. When we are open and willing to embrace change, we would begin to notice changes in our life, new opportunities, new challenges, and new ways to invest into personal and professional growth. I am not saying that change is always simple and comes easy. Often we are faced with challenges and obstacles along the way, especially at the beginning of a new journey. However, during these times of change that’s when we learn and acquire new skills and enhance our existing strengths to prepare us for a new journey.
Exploring the world around us
When we change where we live from geographical perspective and move somewhere else, somewhere new, we meet new people, new cultures, new way of life, which helps us to expand our knowledge and introduce new and different perspectives into our character development while continuing growing as a person. Staying in one place all of our life will never get us there, unless we are in a position to travel around the world and explore multicultural and vibrant world around us on the regular basis.
Change in the mindset – ‘Minimum Wage Mindset or ‘Success and Growth Mindset’
The other way of experiencing change is by changing our mindset and go from ‘minimum wage mindset’ to ‘success and growth mindset’. We often talk about how much we want to change where we are today - living paycheck to paycheck, never seeing world around us due to lack of resources or time, because, we try to save few dollars to be able to buy basic necessities and for gifts for birthdays and holidays. However, someone with a ‘minimum wage mindset’ is not taking any steps to change where they are today and actually start doing something that sets them on a path of progress and change. By ‘minimum wage mindset’ I am not referring to someone who is broke, but to someone who’s mindset is set on unwillingness to act or trying something new and different to change their life for a better, whatever that may be for them – more time with family and kids, more money, bigger house, better or newer car, etc. We all have different goals in life, therefore, what’s important to me, may not be as important to someone else. Therefore, we have to choose and go after what we want to achieve in life.
Change in Business
Change works the same way in business. The businesses that are unwilling or afraid to change their processes, policies, ways of conducting business, would eventually disappear and be replaced by the ones that welcome change, innovation, and respond quickly to changes in consumer wants, needs, and expectations. Business environment is always changing and evolving, new technology is introduced every day, consumer behaviors change, therefore, it is essential to keep moving and adapt to world and expectations around us, if our goal is to grow and deliver value to our customers for many years to come.
Don’t be afraid of change
Change is not something that we should fear, instead, we should be open to and welcome change into our lives. Change is always present around us, all we need to do is recognize it and act on opportunities that it presents with determination and optimism. We are always in control what happens to us, that includes whether we are standing still or moving forward, the choice is yours.
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