IF YOU DON'T EMBRACE CHANGE, IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SMOTHER YOUR WORLD, AND BRING THE EDIFICES OF EVERYTHING YOU HELD DEAR CRASHING DOWN UNTIL YOU PICK THROUGH THE RUBBLE TRYING TO FIND ANY REMNANTS OF YOUR PREVIOUS LIFE.
Sound melodramatic? Well, maybe, but as the cycles of change get ever more pronounced in our lives, those people who fail to adapt with the changes will get left behind very quickly.
From all the ups and downs of starting and growing two business, both service and tech, this is definitely my biggest learning. It is therefore my best piece of career and life advice to enable self-improvement whilst enjoying this world we now live in.
Here is the problem for some people though: Change demands action.
It calls you into the gladiatorial arena of life and dares you to fight for your place in this competitive and ever evolving world. There is no more relaxing and no more “going with the flow.” You need to reassess your priorities, rethink your behaviours and realize what it now takes to be successful in the new reality.
With action, comes growth. When you are challenged, you find new ways of doing things, your skillsets becoming ever more refined. The dynamic won't always be positive – you will make mistakes and experience failure, but that is also one of the strongest sources of learning.
If you are not afraid of change and are not afraid of making mistakes in the process of adapting to it, you will find that you uncover all sorts of interesting tangents for your life to follow. Then it is just about making the right decisions.
THAT IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE.
The nature of change is that it is something that has never happened before. You have never experienced it and therefore naturally find it hard to know how to react to what is going on around you. This is where your “right brain” comes in. The left side of your brain isn't so much used in a period of change as it is used to analysing logical steps and making qualified decisions. When your life is spinning, it can’t accurately tell you what is going on. Your right (emotional) brain can, however, give you a far better steer. If you listen to how you feel about a certain situation and trust those feelings, it will be rare that you make truly awful decisions.
Yes, change is unpredictable, but if a certain action “feels” right, it often will be right. You have to have the courage of those convictions.
Equally, if you feel like you are stagnating in your life or your career, initiate a change yourself. It will bring with it a cascade of possibilities and multiple opportunities to make your life that little bit better. Change isn't something that “happens to you.” You choose to welcome it, or you choose to ignore it. There are very few situations where you don’t have those two choices.
CHOOSE CHANGE AND YOUR LIFE WILL BE AT LEAST, A WONDERFUL JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY.
IGNORE IT, AND YOU MIGHT SOON BE PICKING THROUGH THE RUBBLE OF THE WALLS YOU BUILT.