Learning to Adjust to The Winds of Change

The winds of change are always blowing...

 

I have a confession to make: I’m the definition of “a creature of habit.” I’m happiest living my life in “outline form.” That is, I like the order of plans and lists. This week’s inspiration is for me more than anyone because  I have a hard time adjusting my sails to the winds of change.

Unfortunately, the nature of life is that it changes. Think about your own life – whether it’s a newborn baby, new in-law kids, new house, new friends, new hobbies, or a new job, there is always change.

The need to change something is often the little nudge we need to take our lives in a better direction.

A few years ago, I decided to take on the challenge of adding technology to my classroom. It just looked like a lot of work I didn’t need to take on – after all, my retirement wasn’t too far away – why change what I was doing? However, I saw the direction the wind was blowing, so I decided to adjust my sails “just a little bit.”

As I realized the change wasn’t as hard as I had imagined, “just a little bit” of adjustment led to a little more adjustment – which led to new opportunities I wouldn’t have had without the willingness to change. (You can read all about it here.)

The Winds of Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing. (This is me reminding myself…)

I’ve learned my attitude towards the change has a lot to do with how I meet it.

When we accept the changes in our lives – whether they’re in families, friends, jobs, health, or finances – we meet those changes with positivity, and our positive response determines our success in dealing with it.

This week take these steps to find positive ways to deal with your own winds of change.

First, define the reason for the change. 

Second, list the reasons why you’re so unwilling to make the change.

Third, think about what your life will look like with the change. 

After going through these steps, you’ll better understand the need for the change and know how to deal with any negative thoughts you have about it. You’ll begin to see the advantages of it, and that will lead to acceptance of the change.

And that’s the key to finding joy in change!

 

  • Brook Mendez

    I don’t think I adjust to the winds of change. I think it’s more like, I know change is inevitable, it’s happening whether I want it to or not, so I grit my teeth and get beat up by it. That’s how I feel. I could win the lottery and become a millionaire, but I still be uncomfortable with the change!