The Magic of Embracing Change

When you think of change, do you immediately hear yourself say “No, not today” or maybe “I just can’t handle any more changes in my life”? What if, just for a minute, you looked at change differently?

Yes, change can be super scary, but it can also be hugely liberating. Opening yourself up to change can help you become the person you want to be.  It can be absolutely magical. 

When you’re resisting change (even if it’s not a conscious action), it keeps you stuck in your comfort zone. Moving out of this can feel uncomfortable at first, maybe even the second or third time, however, change can be the most rewarding experience if you do this one thing…stop resisting it.  

I realize this might sound a little crazy, but if it’s going to happen anyway, (and change will happen), don’t you want to be in control of how change impacts your life?  

Here’s some helpful ways you can embrace change and harness the power of it.

Allowing Change Reduces Stress and Anxiety

The key word here is “Allowing”. Let’s start with allowing a simple change in how you look and perceive self-acceptance. Do you resist change because you think those in your inner circle will not accept your choice or decision?  

It’s super common to look for external acceptance and validity, but most of the time, this doesn’t work if you’re not showing yourself any self-acceptance. Trust your instincts, they are what brought this change to you in the first place.

What is your inner voice saying? If change is on the door step and your self-acceptance is low, or completely non-existent, your self-talk (that inner voice) may be what’s causing your stress and anxiety when situations don’t work out as you’d hoped or planned. 

Are you beating yourself up over super small mistakes? Blaming it on your decision to make changes?  If so, you’ll decide it feels safer to stay within your comfort zone. However, that’s not what you really want.

Being super kind to yourself when things go wrong makes it a lot easier to manage change. Often, it’s your emotional response to a situation that creates stress and anxiety, and this is where self-acceptance can be a hugely underrated way to keep stress in check.

Self-acceptance is also essential for recognizing that it’s not necessary for everyone to like you or to be perfect. You’re a work in progress, and that’s perfectly fine.

The anxiety you feel when life changes occur or things don’t go to plan is super common when your self-acceptance is low. This will change when you become more comfortable with who you are. It’s time to recognize you are the captain of your life.

Your journey towards self-acceptance also opens the door to self-improvement and change since it’s an essential part of the process.

You’ll feel a ton more in control of your response to stress. That in itself is a change you will find easier to live with going forward. 

Change Brings Opportunity

A change of perspective can be your secret weapon for embracing change. 

There’s something magical about change, if you allow it to happen, you’ll notice you become more flexible and open-minded. 

There’s a ripple effect that occurs, for example, there are certain careers that invoke change consistently. Some careers require you to travel, and live, in other countries. This is a lifestyle that would require one to be open-minded and flexible. 

Adapting to different environments, surroundings, temperature changes, and more with every move.

While we might think doing the same thing over and over again is what we want, it provides very little in the way of opportunity. You’ll begin to notice this type of lifestyle will bring the same results. 

You might hear that inner voice telling you “my life is so boring” or “I need a vacation”, if you catch yourself saying these types of things, you’re looking for change. You need to do something different to change the narrative.

Gaining a new perspective is vital for accepting change, rather than resisting it. 

Your emotions can play a huge role in your perspective, especially when they’re negative ones. Working on how you react emotionally to situations is a super underrated way to alter your perspective. 

Reframing how you see life changes and upheavals is key too. It’s incredibly easy to see yourself as a passive victim of circumstances when things go wrong, and this mindset can encourage you to push back against change. 

Switch things up!  You can see the same situations as opportunities rather than setbacks or obstacles. How to know for sure? Pick one major change you’ve experienced in the past year. What’s one good thing that came out of that change? 

Once you change your perspective it makes a huge difference.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

There’s another ripple effect of change. Think of the first time you or someone you know learned to ride a bike. There was no doubt, a fall was eventual. Yet, the rider gets up, gets back on the bike, and rides off with a new perspective!

There’s also no doubt that some changes in our life bring about unpleasant or unhappy events. It’s how we process those events that makes a difference. 

Staying firmly in your comfort zone may feel safe in the moment, but it doesn’t offer any opportunity to grow or change. And over time, this stagnation can be demoralizing and even depressing. 

It’s worth repeating that change can be super scary. 

We have to be willing to let go of those scary fears and allow ourselves to step out of our comfort zone. 

Letting go, even a little, is crucial for getting out of your comfort zone.

Doing this in baby steps means you have to ease away from the thoughts and behavior patterns that are keeping you stuck.

Once you’ve had success with one baby step, you will be surprised at how quickly it paves the way for change. 

One small action at a time is definitely less daunting and can rapidly snowball into more success in letting go of the things that are holding you back from change. 

Volunteering to Get a Fresh Perspective on Others

Volunteering can have a ton of benefits for embracing change.

It can connect you to people you may not otherwise have met. These could be people from different backgrounds or who have different interests to you. 

You can quickly gain new perspectives and opportunities from broadening your social connections in this way.

Focusing your time and resources on others opens up new ways of looking at situations too, especially if you can start to see things through their eyes.

Volunteering can also move you out of your comfort zone and boost your self-esteem. This combination of skills, experience, and confidence can be invaluable for helping to create change in your life.

Embracing change can be super uncomfortable, but it’s also hugely important for becoming the best version of yourself and getting to where you want in life. Self-acceptance, using change as an opportunity to gain a new perspective, letting go of limiting beliefs and behaviors, and volunteering can all help create this change.

Challenge Yourself

Here’s a simple way to challenge your thinking about change.  Give it a try and see how easy it is to embrace change!

First, simply write down three situations you feel were very difficult. Keep it simple maybe just a few key words to identify the difficult change you had to deal with. Giving yourself space to include two columns underneath each experience statement you write. Take a moment to reflect what happened before, during, and after that caused this situation to be difficult.  

In the first column write your initial concerns, fears, and worries.  

In the second column, reflect back on the outcome of each situation and write what really happened. 

Did you see how the change happened even though you may have been scared?

Look closely and you will see the good that has evolved from each experience.

Embracing change can be a real benefit to you and create more calm experiences in your life.