Most people don’t like change. Yes, we know it’s scary, but why? Just because something is different or new or you don’t understand it, doesn’t mean it’s bad. So what if you don’t know what’s going to happen? You might not like it or it might make you sad BUT maybe you LOVE it, maybe it makes you the HAPPIEST person you’ve ever been. It’s all about having confidence, and faith, in yourself.
We all make mistakes so don’t let fear of failure hold you back! I failed my driver’s licence 3 times but I passed eventually. Yes I cried, but you get to a point where no tears come out and you move forward. Baby steps.
Fear of change carries so much more worry than we realise: vulnerability, discomfort, fear of uncertainty, fear of losing control, fear of repeating the past, fear of criticism, disappointment, fear of failure and even fear of success.
If this sounds remotely familiar, force yourself to do the things that you are afraid of to overcome that fear. Reprogram your mind’s way of thinking and allow yourself to accept change. Pay attention to your thoughts. Stay positive. Get out of your comfort zone, listen to different music, change the places you go to, meet different people and experience different cultures. Change requires adjustment, so give it some time.
Change is inevitable, it’s constant and it’s happening with you or without you, whether you like it or not. And, if you need a little time to freak out about a change that is going to affect you (like ‘OMG Facebook changed it’s look AGAIN, I don’t like it!’) that’s fine – but then calm down.
Learn to accept that change happens, like the seasons. People change, we change (and thank God for that!) The environment around us changes, our friends change, we experience loss, and sometimes things are tough and you feel like no one in the world has ever felt the way you do at that moment. Don’t be afraid, everyone has felt like this at some stage.
But change can also be a choice. Like getting a new hairstyle, because it’s one thing I can (kind of) control and – I like change.
Embraced with a positive mindset, change can be beautiful: it can bring us together, it can bring courage, hope, freedom, transformation, adventure, creativity, gratitude, forgiveness, healing, confidence, motivation, growth, innovation, productivity, self awareness, success, clarity, purpose, truth, wisdom, love, peace and happiness. So challenge yourself, because it’s a ripple effect; the change in your life (good and bad) affects those around you as well. You can’t help but smile when someone’s smiling back at you.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
(Edited and republished. Originally posted on my old blog: Peaches and Pie)