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August 14, 2013

Are You Ready for a Change?

As we look forward to change of season, from summer into autumn, it got me thinking about change itself and how we handle it, not only in the world around us, but within our lives. Changes in life happen. Things happen for good and for bad reasons, and much of change is beyond our control. But, how we handle change is within our control. There will always be external events that cause change, but you are ultimately in charge of your own reactions and attitudes toward change. Here are 5 tips to help you handle changes in your life without adding undue stress.

Check your attitude

Change can definitely cause disruption in your life. If you have chosen to make the change, then you probably feel more in control of the situation. If the change is occurring without your consent, then you need immediately to make certain that this transition does not take control of your decisions. When change happens in your life, react by being excited, stimulated and inspired—not threatened, terrified or immobilized.

Be Yourself

You’re good at that. Nobody else can be you. You have unique talents, skills, knowledge and opinions. Use them. But use them wisely and with respect for others. You will do a better job at handling change in your life if you handle change with your own set of tools rather than trying to work with somebody else’s. You can be yourself better than anyone else. And stop trying to be someone else that you think people want you to be. That will not bring you success.

Believe in Yourself

Self-doubt is destructive, and it denies your self-confidence. Maybe you have experienced a conflict with someone. Maybe you feel unqualified to complete a task because you compare yourself to someone you think is more capable. Maybe you have been criticized for work you have done. Build your self-confidence by naming these doubts and identifying what is triggering them. You can replace self-doubt with self-belief when you realize that you are human and have your own capabilities, even if other people disagree.

Pick Yourself Up

We all make mistakes. That is part of being human. The best way to move forward when life changes is to be honest. Own your mistakes; don’t put the blame on someone else. When you make a mistake, admit that you were wrong and learn from the situation. Use the experience to grow in wisdom.

Embrace Your Dream

Know your passion and don’t be afraid to follow your dream. Ask yourself-- plug in the answers to the following questions: “Where am I now?” And, “Where do I want to be in the future?” You are moving forward. As you handle the change in your life, celebrate your successes, small or large. You are on a journey we call life, and change is part of the process.

I hope life is treating you well and you have the opportunity to relish beautiful weather with friends and family. Time passes very quickly--too quickly sometimes. Live in the present moment and take time to notice your surroundings. I wish you the best and will be back in touch soon.

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Enjoy and stay calm,

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