Respond Wisely to Change and Experience Exceptional Growth

In the past, I haven’t responded to some to some of the changes I experienced.

We all go through different types of transitions in our lives.  Relationships end.  Companies downsize and we lose our jobs.  Many people start new businesses with positive expectations and a bit of fear. Many others begin to address their issues and struggles with anxiety or depression.

Hopefully, you learn something new every day that challenges you to take action outside of your comfort zone.

Our natural response to a transition we are experiencing is “Will I make it through this?” and “Will I be able to handle this?”

In this post, I’d like to share three practical ideas you can use whenever you experience a personal or professional changes in your life.

These ideas are ones I wish I had applied years ago. I suppose that the motto “live and learn” applies with these ideas.  My hope is that you will be encouraged with today’s post – and that these ideas will inspire you to take action.

Get Over the “I Can’t” Mentality 

This first tip applies to me as much as it does to anyone else.

How many times has this mentality or mindset affected you in your own life?

How many times have you told yourself “I can’t do this”?  Have you ever talked yourself out of pursuing a major goal in your life?

If you’re not careful, the “I can’t” mentality can begin to hinder you when you are faced with a new change in your life.

Who says that you can’t do something?  How do they know?  What qualifies your critic as an expert?

We all need to be careful about ideas we adopt about ourselves, our capabilities, and potential in life.  None of us truly know what we can do until we step out and try something new.

I have spent the majority of my life telling myself that I couldn’t accomplish my goals.  When we fill our lives with self-doubt, it’s easy to feel depressed about life, and anxious about the future.

In one of my previous posts, I included an image called “Strength” that had some very practical statements that are affirming and encouraging.

I saved this image on this website and you can view it in a different tab here.

One of the statements that I particularly like is “I can do anything I put my mind to.”

Once you believe and affirm that you can face any change or transition successfully, your life will begin to reflect that new belief.  It’s not easy.  We need to keep affirming and encouraging ourselves that we can (especially when we feel like we can’t!)

Recognize That Obstacles and Challenges can bring out the Best in You

Years ago, if you would have asked me if life’s challenges could be a good thing, I would have likely said “no”.

Quite often, I think we tend to equate problems as a bad thing, and as something we desperately want to avoid at all costs.

If we didn’t have problems, issues, defeats, mistakes, and obstacles, life wouldn’t be a struggle in any way.

But how would we ever grow that way?

If we didn’t have pain, hardships, and a few trials along the way, success and joy wouldn’t quite have the same meaning, would it?

Writing for this blog has been a challenge for me.  Sometimes a few of my posts might be similar, but it is my goal to make this blog practical and valuable for anyone who reads it.

Starting this website has been a huge learning curve for me.  I have needed technical help with it.  Taking my online courses has been a big step outside of my comfort zone.  I’ve had to learn more about self-discipline.  I’m hoping to develop better character as a person and as an online business owner.

I have also needed to take action outside of my comfort zone and push past fear.  I’m learning more and more about this every day.

The obstacles and challenges we face in life can bring out the best in us, but only when we choose to learn and grow from these experiences.

Instead of Getting Overwhelmed, Seek Help, Support, and Guidance

Through more and more trial and error, I’m beginning to realize the value of the advice, support, and help of others.

It’s tempting to go through life as some type of “lone ranger” mentality and pretend to have all the answers.

I believe that many people don’t want to appear confused or in need of help, support, or encouragement.  Because of our human pride, we often don’t want to somehow appear “needy” or weak.

When our self-confidence is low, we also don’t want to appear to be inferior.

Not having all of the answers is not a sign of weakness, it’s part of daily reality.

If you’re going through a difficult change or transition, why not seek the advice, help, and support of other people who have gone through what you’re going through?

There is no need to “reinvent the wheel” (for lack of a better term).  From my own experience, I would now be further ahead in my own life if I had spent more time learning from the wisdom of others, rather than go ahead and make mistakes.

I’d like to encourage you to seek out the wisdom, guidance, and support of others.  You don’t need to accept all of the advice you hear.  You can always check the advice you get with other sources.

Consider how much further ahead in life you could be if you’re willing to seek help and wise counsel.

All the best to you as you address any issues with anxiety or depression and as you go through personal changes or transitions in your life.

I like the quote in the image below from Helen Keller, which says “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

Until my next post, have a great day.

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