Change is the only constant in life. So why do we fear it so much? We often see change as something negative or risky, failing to see that it is also a great opportunity. In fact, there is no real growth without change.

Monarch Butterfly emerging from its chrysalis

Why We Need to Embrace Change 

We grow through facing challenges and handling them in creative ways. Whether it brings short-term advantages or disadvantages, in the long term, each change is just one step in our development. 

In addition to the opportunities it offers, change also presents a challenge to your skills but sometimes a good challenge may very well be what you need to get to the next level. Always keep in mind that to be successful in business, you must be flexible and adaptable. You must also watch out for your negative limiting beliefs, they will tell you this is bad because it’s a shift away from the status quo. 

How you meet these challenges can determine how you meet the next one. You’ll have a list of successes you can draw on for motivation when you face the next obstacle.

Embracing change and seeing it as something positive is essential for cultivating a successful mindset. There are specific techniques you can employ to help you make this shift.

1. Make a List of Successes and Positive Changes

It’s time for you to go back over the big changes you’ve faced in the past and look at how they impacted you. You’ll find a few that you wish would never have happened. But most likely, the majority ended up benefiting you in some way in the long term.

Write down a list of the positive results of changes and successes you’ve had meeting them. Refer to this list whenever you find yourself facing a new challenge you’re not sure you can overcome.

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2. Predict and Prepare

Sudden unexpected change can be shocking. But instead of panicking, just take a proactive approach and get ahead of any potential challenges you might face. Set aside time regularly to strategize. Consider anything that might happen and develop a plan to deal with each contingency. When there is a big change, even something negative, you’ll be able to face it prepared and with confidence.

3. Banish Your Inner Critic

Get rid of negative self-talk and limiting beliefs that are destroying your confidence. We each have an inner critic who tells us we can’t do it. When you’re facing a sudden change, it’s a perfect situation for this inner critic to come along and derail you.

This is a bad habit of thinking and like any other habit, you can break it and replace it with another one. But first, you must learn to recognize when you’re doing this. Then create some positive affirmations that you can use to combat it. Learn to rephrase negative thoughts into positive ones. 

4. Surround Yourself with Positive People

How we feel about change is an essential part of our mindset. The way we think rubs off on others, so surround yourself with people who are successful and growth-minded and approach change positively. You can draw on their positivity for inspiration whenever you need it.

I recommend reading How to Win Friends & Influence People to help you with this

5. Look at the Big Picture

Change is usually just a bump in the road. It means you might have a tough time this week, this month, or this quarter. But if you look at the big picture, you will often see that this change opens the door to new opportunities. Try to foster this perspective the moment change strikes, and you’ll deal with it more calmly.

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