The definition of change is “to make or become different.” While change is inevitable it’s something that so many business owners and professionals shy away from. For many people, change creates anxiety because it ties into their fears:
- The unknown
- Leaving their comfort zone
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I’m confident everyone has experienced a time when they weren’t exactly excited to change. Here are 7 reasons why you should embrace it and let it fire you up!
Change helps you grow
Mentally, it provides you a benchmark of where you’ve been and allows you to set a new watermark or standard on your new normal. It allows for growth that is exciting and creates a sense of accomplishment.
Teaches you to be flexible
Let’s be honest even for those that like change, sometimes it can be a whirlwind. It’s not always smooth sailing when you’re switching up a process, or changing a habit, but developing the mindset of embracing change allows you to roll with the punches. Over time you’ll also see that what
Challenges your values & beliefs
Change encourages you to examine what is actually important to you and builds a foundation that is structured on identity. It gives you the opportunity to develop confidence in your values and beliefs so that when an issue challenges you in the future, you’ve built the framework to better handle it.
Reveals your strengths
We’ve all experienced a time when we were so accustomed to the status quo that we stopped developing our skill set. I like to call this mode autopilot. Change forces you out of autopilot and into something new, and usually shows you a new skill you didn’t even know you had! Maybe you’re a great leader, you just never previously had the chance to lead. Maybe you’re really good at organization, or client services. Whatever skill you discover is now one you can add to your foundation and utilize in the future.
Makes you more compassionate
When you go through a change of your own, you can easily relate to those around you who are going through difficult experiences. You’ll be able to relate how uncomfortable you first felt, to how the individual must be feeling now. You can then provide encouragement, experience or at the very least a non-judgmental rapport. This will help to build trust between the two of you and will continue to keep the lines of communication open for future experiences both positive and negative.
Breaks up routine
There are two times of routines; those that serve a positive purpose in your life and those that serve a negative purpose. Generally, the positive routines will adapt to change but nothing throws a big old wrench in your negative routines like a little sprinkle of change. It forces you to face your negative habits and adapt accordingly.
Offers opportunities and experiences
When you’re forced out of your comfort zone you will automatically see opportunities and experience that didn’t exist in autopilot. The reason for this is because you’re naturally looking for them! Once you embrace change, you begin to seek it!
While it’s not always easy to embrace change with open arms, I’d argue it’s one of the most important skills you could possess as a business owner or professional. Those that are able to adapt will be on the road to success much quicker than those that resist.
Bottom line: your future depends on the actions you take today. Embrace change and see success or resist change and stay in autopilot. The choice is yours.