Change. The word that makes some want to crawl under the covers in hiding and others want to jump for joy out of excitement. I think for most people, it’s a combination of these two extremes. Change is scary and even the bravest among us must admit even a small amount of fear that accompanies it. Change brings doubt, uncertainty, and uneasiness: feelings that no human likes to feel. Change is hard work. It takes up very valuable brain space, causes emotional stress, and often requires tedious and physical labor. But change is also thrilling! It brings potential, energy, and excitement into our lives, and is an almost always necessary step in the progression toward goals and success.
Sometimes change is an option and sometimes it’s not. When we are given the option of change, it’s important to not immediately back away out of fear. Instead of thinking about how much time and energy would go into the process of this change, think about what the potential outcomes could be. Instead of thinking about the anxiety and fear you may feel taking on this change, think about the joy and fulfillment it could eventually bring to your life. We shouldn’t accept every option for change that are presented to us, but we should never deny them out of fear or doubt.
I recently went through some pretty major changes in my life. A couple of months ago, I moved into a new apartment in Manhattan and this past week, I started a new job at a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle PR agency in the city. Accepting this job meant leaving the agency I worked at for my first 11 months out of school. It meant leaving a team I loved, work I enjoyed and understood, and a routine I had settled into and was comfortable with. Accepting this job meant the majority of my waking hours were going to completely change. It meant I was going to have to start over in a new office, get to know new coworkers, and learn a brand new way of getting things done. These things scared me (and still do!), but I couldn’t let them weigh heavily on my pros and cons list. The fear of change was not going to let me turn down a job I have dreamed about having for years.
I am still right in the middle of this transformation process and it’s both thrilling and terrifying. But during every “pinch me, I can’t believe I work here!!” moment, I am reminded that I made the right decision and that this change will lead to happiness and success in my life.
Have you experienced any major changes lately? How have you grown from them?
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