Handling Changes in Life

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." -  Eleanor Roosevelt

Changes in life happen, and they happen all the time. Things happen for good and bad reasons and much of change is beyond our control. How we handle change is within our control. There will always be external events that cause change, but you still need to take control of your own reactions and attitudes toward change.
We fear change at work for a variety of reasons. These fears are often associated with fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection, fear of criticism and fear of the unknown.
Change is an unavoidable constant in our work lives. Sometimes it’s within our control, but most often it’s not. Our jobs or roles change — and not always for the better.
Our organizations undergo reorganizations and revamp their strategies, and we need to adjust.
Dealing with change can sometimes be uncomfortable, stressful or even scary. Here are some things you can do to make coping with changes in your life a little easier.
  • Acceptance
  • Talk about problems more than feelings
  • Don’t stress out about stressing out
  • Focus on your values instead of your fears
  • Ask yourself how much you can control
  • Accept and re-frame
  • Seek support
  • Take time to take stock of how valuable you are to the organization. Acknowledge your successes and the valuable skills and attributes you offer the organization. This is perhaps the time to make your self more valuable. Research tells us that valuable employees typically get through changes unscathed, or even better than before.
    Change can be frightening and disruptive. However, with the right attitude, outlook and actions, you can find opportunities in that change.

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