As humans, we’re designed to resist change. Because of homeostasis, we have a built-in tendency to stay within very narrow limits in order to maintain a stable, relatively constant internal environment. Like homing pigeons, we’re creatures of habit who crave familiarity and safety and always want to return to what we know, no matter what.
If we never challenge ourselves to change, however, we can get stuck on a plateau and find it impossible to move forward. The truth is, change can be a powerful opportunity for growth if we can shift from resistance to acceptance. Here’s how you can successfully manage change and make your good life even better today:
Momentum is Key
Momentum is the key to change, and even the tiniest amount can make a vast difference to your life. To gain momentum, you first have to accept that change is inevitable: it’s happening all around us all the time – after all, we’re on a planet that moves! The problem is that, in our day to day lives, we can become addicted to comfort and control and resist change at all costs.
If you want to grow and succeed, you must embrace change and constantly strive to adapt and innovate. This can be an uncomfortable process, but it’s important to remember that a certain amount of discomfort can be a very helpful thing. It’s good to be in a testing environment and to set unreasonable goals that seem out of reach. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake or fail. Instead, be willing to try and get busy living!
Celebrate the New Normal
Post-Covid, we all find ourselves in a so-called new normal. This phrase sometimes has negative connotations, but there are positive applications to it as well. What is there about this new normal that you can lean into? If you look, you will always find reasons to be grateful and to appreciate what you have. Like the old Bing Crosby song goes, “Count your Blessings.” Next, attack things one small bite at a time. Change takes getting used to, so give yourself some grace in getting to grips with your new circumstances. Finally, take the time to celebrate. Momentum needs the fuel of celebration, so acknowledge how far you’ve come and recognize the wins you’ve made, no matter how small. Mark every milestone and then look forward and plan how to achieve the next.
No one likes change, but if we can learn to adapt to it and embrace it then life expands. If you want to learn how to take advantage of change, gain momentum and grow, listen to the latest episode of The Brian Buffini Show.