Change: that inevitable thing that happens. The thing that keeps life going. Change can be gradual or abrupt. It can be positive (a promotion at work, a new home) or it can come in the form of a less than welcomed surprise (getting fired, being forced out of your apartment).
Either way the dice is thrown, change can have it’s challenges. A promotion means new responsibilities and a new home entails the daunting task of moving. Even seemingly negative changes have an upside! The promise of meeting new people in a new living situation or getting to pursue the dream you put on hold for work.
Whatever happens and whenever it comes, it seems to happen just when it’s really needed. Life is funny like that, isn’t it? I’ve had my fair share of changes, as most of you, and I’ve developed a system of sorts to help ease the burden of transition.
- Process – After your initial reaction, it might take you a minute to accept the changes coming your way. Take your time to wrap your mind around what affect this change will have on your life. Cry, breathe, meditate, do yoga, or whatever it is you need to do to fully absorb and accept this eminent change.
- Dream -Think of all the positive things that can come from this change. Think of all the positive impacts you can make with your new role at work, pin your dream decor schemes, or revisit the startup idea you put on hold for your old job.
- Plan – Do your research and create a game plan. Here is my very simple game plan process: take out a piece of paper (or open up a new word doc) and start writing. It doesn’t have to make any sense at first, just let your subconscious flow onto the page. After you’ve written everything down, pick out your best ideas and thoughts and organize them in a way that makes sense to you (be it a list, a chart, a time line, whatever!). Let this be your loose change execution guide.
- Action- Take your game plan and go! Apply for the job you’ve always wanted, go see a realtor, grab a friend with a truck to hit the yard sales/local ikea for furnishings.
Whatever you do: Don’t. Stop. Change won’t halt just because you’d rather sit around in your PJ’s eating mac’n’cheese watching the new Wet Hot American Summer series on Netflix. Whether you start the change or it happens to you, do as the rivers do and go with the flow.
Have you experienced a major shift recently? How are you dealing with this change?