If you are prepared take positive action when outside change enters your life you will find that it will also have a positive effect on your inner self. It’s like a hurdle race – as you jump each hurdle you find yourself that much closer to your goal and your confidence rises. As your confidence rises, your attitude changes and you learn to have the courage to trust yourself. Change will test your resolve but it will help you grow as a person.

Change teaches you that you can accomplish whatever you set out to do. It gives you the strength to continue on when times are difficult and helps you maximise your abilities. When you understand change and how it impacts your life you will be able to master it. When you master it and manage it wisely you will be able to control your future.

Be wise and keep a balanced perspective about the changes in your life. In this way you will avoid the stress of an attitude of confrontation. Stay relaxed and you will be able to flow with change.

Use the power of change to boldly take hold of life and follow your dream. No matter what the criticism of others who say “It can’t be done”, do it anyway. It is better to do something about change rather than to do nothing. You will never regret stepping out, taking action and risking all for you will have won the battle.

How to Handle Change

Change is like the waves of a vast ocean; it has great power and it is unstoppable. Change is inevitable and it is the way you handle it that will determine how well you make the transition to the next part of your life. In his book, Notes from a Friend, Anthony Robbins says, “You can change anything in your life today by changing your perceptions and changing your actions.”

Since it is impossible to live without change, the next question has to be, “How are you going to handle change?” There are three main responses to change and these responses will depend to a great extent on how you use the information from your attitudes and your belief system. You can be defeated by it, you can survive it or you can make the change work for you and use it as a stepping stone to better things.

The first response says, “I can’t cope with this!” or “It isn’t fair!” or “I refuse to change”. It is saying, “I feel sorry for myself and I am fearful and very confused”. The latter is a ‘head in the sand’ approach where these people just hope it will all go away and leave them alone. The second response, to survive any change that is thrown at them, sounds better than the first but it doesn’t seem to be a great way to face life. The problem with this approach is that people just get by because they are not sure how to manage change. The third response is the best way to handle it. These people rise above whatever has thrown them out of their comfort zone and look for a way of making use of the change. So many people have come from humble circumstances, yet by working through changes in their lives and changing their attitudes they have reached the pinnacle of success and prosperity.

Instead of seeing change as a threat to cause pain or being confused by it and thus resisting it, believe that it is possible for you to change, take courage in both hands and become aware that change can produce positive power in your life. Every person has the right to help themselves; they have the right to choose. Not only do you have the right to choose, but you have the power to use change to attain better things in your life. You can do this first by changing the habits of your past. Instead of taking the line of least resistance, which is a habit, create another path by changing your mindset and trying new strategies. Seek encouragement from family and friends while you focus on making major changes in your thinking and be prepared for the fact that changing old habits can take some time. This way the changes you make for the better will be lasting.

Learning to anticipate and adapt to change quickly takes flexibility. When you welcome change you are more able to control it and enjoy it so you can use it to benefit your future. Relax and be open to possibilities. Perhaps you could be someone who instigates change by the use of innovative thinking and by creating opportunities. Go ahead and challenge yourself and investigate their potential to help you make progress. If you are able to arm yourself with a clear sense of purpose, you will be able to negotiate any changes that present themselves. When you learn to deal with the inevitability of change in this way you will suffer less stress, you will be more confident and enjoy more success in your work and in your life.

Personal Change

If the twentieth century moved quickly, the twenty-first century has moved into overdrive with changes almost daily. It has become more and more difficult on a personal level for people to manage the constant changes in their own lives and dealing with change has become a survival skill. Many people don’t handle change very well and prefer to stay with the status quo where they feel comfortable. If they can avoid it they will because they see it as a threat. The more they feel change is forced upon them the more they will either dig their heels in and fight it or pretend that it doesn’t exist. As a result they become stressed out. Other people just try to slow down the pace of change, but that too, isn’t possible. Change is something that happens every moment of every day without our input.

There will always be positive and negative change in life. There are desirable changes such as finding a better job, making more money and starting life anew with someone you love. On the negative side, you may lose a loved one or work changes may not be what you wanted or you may find yourself in a position of need. There will always be twists and turns in life that we don’t plan for and have no control over, so how can change be handled? Change is how things continue, so rather than resist it, it is far more productive to ‘go with the flow’ and make positives out of negatives.

The History of Change

Change on both the world front and on a personal level has been with us from the beginning of time, yet it has only been in the last century that change, in all areas of our lives, has been so great in such a short period of time.

In one century, political power has shifted from the privileged few to the majority in society causing a change in the balance of world power. These political changes have also had a bearing on changes in the distribution of wealth around the world.

Those people who were born at the beginning of the twentieth century saw more changes during their lifetime than any other generation before them. They went from using horses for transport to seeing rockets with manned capsules launched into space and men walking on the moon. There were great advances in communication, technology, science and on the medical front.

To live without change is to die. All aspects of life need change just to move forward and nowhere is this shown more clearly than in the natural world. Plants and animals are born, they live their lives and they die. This is the progression of change. The weather cannot always stay fine. Rain is needed to provide water for all living things and wind and heat and cold provide changes for growth and to sweep away the old ready to accommodate the new.