How To Overcome & Accept Change

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Change can come in all shapes and sizes; it can be seen as both a positive thing and a negative thing. The way I like to see change is that it can happen at any moment to anyone and anything, which for some isn’t a comforting thought. But it can also show you not to take anything for granted.
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I wanted to write about change for the sole reason that I myself have been through a very big change in the past few weeks. My job has been relocated fifty miles away from where I live so I had two options; one, go where the job is and commute; or two, take redundancy.
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For me redundancy wasn’t an option. But still, my job was and kind of is still on the line if I don’t travel to the new location. It was a complete shock and I felt a lot of worry going through the process, but it was a business decision at the end of the day and not a reflection of myself as an employee. I had to remember that fact and keep it at the forefront of my mind throughout the transition so as to not raise my anxiety levels more. Yes, it was a worrying situation but I wasn’t the only one going through it.
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As the weeks went on, I had met the team at the new office and instead of being stressed and anxious all the time, I started to view the change as a good opportunity. I started to see the benefits that moving to a new office location could provide me with: there was more scope within the new team for career progression which for me right now is one of my top priorities, and a greater opportunity to learn more from others.
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I’m still working out all the details of relocating to a new office but I’m now beginning to see the positive side of this.
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For those of you who are going through change, my advice would be to not let your initial feelings cloud your logical thinking. Once I had my anxiety at bay, I was able to absorb the news and process it in a logical way. This allowed me to weigh up the pros and cons without being too emotional and come to a decision that was best for me.
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In simple terms, here’s what I would suggest for dealing with change in your life:
  • Take some time out to process the situation, be it by yourself or talking through it with someone else.
  • Get all of the emotion out. Where I’m concerned, my emotions cloud my judgment and at the time I can’t see through them. Its good to have a clear mind so work through whatever you’re feeling then come back to the issue at hand.
  • Weigh up the pros and cons but remember to keep in mind what’s best for you.
  • Talk to loved ones about the change and ask for their opinion. Sometimes they can see something that, at the time, you just can’t.
  • When you do come to a decision, make sure that you feel 100% about it and that it’s the right decision for you.
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Overcoming and learning to accept change can be a difficult thing to do, as we’re all creatures of habit. It can sometimes feel like an avalanche where you just can’t catch your breath, but I hope my experience can provide you with some sort of guide that there can be positive in change.
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The most important thing is that, whatever happens, you have to be completely okay with the decision you make.
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