As quoted by Kakuzo Okakaura, “The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings” In this journey of life it is so important for us to learn how to adapt to new ways, new surroundings and new ideas so we can develop and grow daily. Recognizing that change is a constant in our lives and being open to continuous learning will only set us up for a successful life.
Embracing change implies that we do not see change as a misfortune, but rather an opportunity to improve oneself, try new things and explore new possibilities.
Having the ability to adapt to change, new circumstances, unique approaches, and different perspectives will help to get one unstuck and promote personal growth ultimately pushing an individual to becoming more evolved.
Our attitude towards change is very important, being able to understand that change is inevitable is key to increasing our level of success and reducing our stress and anxiety. A great book that I read earlier in my life “Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson set me on the path of being able to handle and embrace change better and avoid the pitfalls that can occur from not anticipating, preparing, overcoming the fear, envisioning success and enjoying change.
The story of four characters takes place in a maze, Sniff and Scurry are mice who learn early that when circumstances change, they needed to look for new opportunities “Cheese”. Hem and Haw are little humans who take for granted their situation, believing that it will remain the same forever, not staying alert to what was happening around them. When the cheese was gone, they were caught off guard and took a much longer time to embrace and accept the fact that they needed to go look for new “Cheese”.
The moment we start realizing that we have a choice to leave past habits, negative thoughts, old behaviors and unproductive practices behind - that’s when change and progress becomes visible. Embracing change begins with you being able to moderate your thoughts. As Tony Robbins often says “Change your thinking and you will change your life” Your thoughts will ultimately determine how you handle change, deal with it, accept the challenge to change and adapt or reject the challenge and stay in your current state.
Embracing change means getting rid of clutter. Clutter is not just physical stuff, it’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits that is keeping you stuck on a path that doesn’t serve your growth and development. Indeed, clutter is anything that does not support your better self. Clear out the junk you’re holding on to, and make space for the new, amazing and successful you!
I’ve come to understand that all positive change takes commitment. It takes repeated, dedicated and consistent action. There’s no way to go back to how things used to be, or change any past mistakes. Many times, what we consider failures are actually setbacks so like the mice in the story of Who Moved My Cheese” let us not overthink and take for granted our current situation but rather accept the changed situation, embrace and adapt early go find new possibilities.
It is imperative to focus on intentionally building new, successful and positive ideas, habits, strategies, relationships, etc. whether in business or within our personal lives. This allows us the opportunity to always be looking forward anticipating, preparing, overcoming the fear, envisioning success and enjoying change. As Socrates stated, "The secret of Change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new"