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People are reluctant to change and I’ve always wondered, why? Change happens all the time. It always has and always will. No matter how hard we resist, it’ll find a way to knock on our door without fail. So, why not embrace it?
Truthfully, I was afraid of change once upon a time. I stayed in college longer than I should have to obtain a degree that I don’t use. Why? Because I was too afraid to consider other options. My job was lame and I knew it was, yet I stayed because it was familiar and I’d been there a few years already. I could look for another job, but ehh.
Now that I think about it, I was unhappy and stuck in a rut because of my unwillingness to try something new. Getting out of bed every morning and maintaining a routine I hated was such a drag. I was suffering and didn’t even know it because I was comfortable enough to not want to do anything about it.
TIME TO START ADULTING!
Two weeks before my New Years trip to Nigeria in 2013, I was fired from my crappy job. Don’t feel bad; it was justified (and much needed as I wouldn’t be where I am today if it didn’t happen). During my visit, a cousin and I went out for meat pies and ice cream. I bought a pen and notebook along the way and made a list of things that I wanted to change once I got back to the States:
- Find a job that actually pays me a decent wage and is worth my time because minimum wage ain’t cuttin’ it!
- Move out of my parents’ house within the first six months of 2014 because I refuse to be someone who goes from my father’s house to my husband’s house and not learn how to survive on my own.
- Start a home bakery before the end of the year because I want to own a business.
I can proudly say that I accomplished everything on that list. Yes. Everything! And I managed to do it quicker than anticipated. Do you know what else I can proudly say? Those changes I made over three years ago had a direct impact on where I am today and how I’m able to adapt to new situations.
“Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.” -Tony Robbins
What’s my point? Embracing change made me become a version of myself that I never would have known existed. Moving across the country and away from my family made this shy woman not so shy anymore as I was forced to mingle with new people. Relationship changes did hurt me but made me stronger and wiser in the end. Career moves gave me the confidence I need to become an effective leader, both in and out of the workplace.
No longer do I look at the new or uncertain from the view of a pessimist, fearing everything I will lose in the process. Instead, I look forward to what I can gain. And if embracing change has worked for me, then I know it can work for you.
HERE ARE 7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD EMBRACE CHANGE:
1.) Personal growth
Change is necessary for personal growth. You learn and grow as a person when something different happens, be it good or bad. It’s like a test of one’s abilities. Most times when we’re able to persevere and adapt to those changes, we discover a part of us that we never knew existed.
2.) Positive growth
When most people think about change, they tend to think about the bad results that may follow or the comfortability and stability they may be losing. The truth is that change offers new possibilities, new perspectives, and new ideas, all of which are exciting.
Life changes give us experiences that will be your greatest teacher. Overcoming tough times will harden you for the next challenge and soften your view on change, making it easier to adapt to new situations.
4.) New Experiences
When one door closes, another opens. Not every change is as drastic as my move across the country, but they can yield new experiences nonetheless. That usually means meeting new people, making new connections, and having new opportunities that might not have been possible before.
5.) Challenges Beliefs/Values
Some changes can shake you to your very core and make you do some deep reflecting or evaluating of your values. Some can reaffirm what you already believe in. In either case, the result is a stronger you.
6.) New beginnings
Change signals the end of an old chapter and the beginning of another. In some cases, it’s another chance to start over and do things the right way.
This is mostly for those in a situation they despise, much like me and my former job. Some changes can be liberating or lead to liberation, and there’s no greater feeling than having the weight of stress lifted off your shoulders so you can finally grow and enjoy life!
I’m not going to lie. Change is tough. Life is tough, but why make things harder on ourselves by resisting what will be? We’ve heard the saying so many times, but it still holds true and probably always will. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or, when change comes knocking, open that door and invite that sucker in for apple pie!
How do you feel about change?