As Heraclitus so aptly said, “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change”. And yet, stepping out of our comfort zone in search of new, unknown circumstances is often very daunting. Humans require a certain amount of consistency and comfort to ensure their sense of security in an often overwhelming and uncertain world. Let’s take a look at simple ways to manage change in order for it to not seem so insurmountable.
Changing Your Spectacles Imagine for a moment, that you are wearing a very well-used pair of old spectacles. You’ve had these same spectacles for over ten years. The lenses are almost opaque from all the tiny scratches that no amount of vigorous polishing can remove. The previously bright metallic rims are now a faded matt aluminium.
You are sitting in the park, becoming increasingly frustrated at having to squint to see the activities through these damaged lenses. And you begin to contemplate the possibility that maybe it might be time to change your spectacles. Gently remove them and replace them with the brand new pair that you have just been given as a gift. Oh wow everything is so clear and beautiful.
Changing your perspective is the first step to overcoming the fear of change. Take a deep breath, and simply release any ‘old misconceptions’ that you may be clutching on to.
Identifying The Risks Change occurs best when it flows naturally. Chasing change for the wrong reasons or at the wrong time could have negative consequences and leave you feeling too fearful to ever pursue change in the future.
It is important to ask yourself three vital questions, and more so to answer them honestly and objectively:
1. Will this change positively enhance my life
2. Is it hurtful or harmful to others
3. What are the risks and challenges involved
Logically Assessing The Change Next, take some time to analyse the proposed change in a methodical manner. Change should never be an impulsive decision spurred on by emotion. It should be critically assessed to ensure that it is being done at the right time for the right reasons.
The planning stage will always be very different from the practical stage and it is impossible to prepare yourself fully ahead of time. However, understanding the facts of what you are about to embark on, will assist in making it feel less overwhelming.
Committing To Change And lastly, once you have made the decision to proceed with the change, commit 100% to the change. It confuses the process flow if you are uncertain about whether you actually want to embark on the change or not.
If, once you have assessed all the criteria, you decide that now is not the prime time to execute the change, that’s ok, it will happen when the time is right. But then you need to ‘park’ the idea and be at ease with your decision.
If you decide that although you may be feeling a bit anxious, you are ready to embark on the change now, commit to making it work, and then allow the process to flow without interference.
There is no need to fear change. Good planning and preparation will lead you to exciting new frontiers and enrich your life in ways you have only dreamed of until now.
I like you using changing your spectacles example. It resonates so well that people will always tend to look out for old spectacles as it is much more comfortable, but then again, we could be missing out on the latest trend and technology of a new spectacle. You never know until you give it a try.