“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.”
~King Whitney Jr.
Have you had a life change that you could have looked at differently? Most of us think that certain change means that things could get worse, which is understandable. Take for example a job loss. This change is bad. But is it? In time, there is some good that can happen. In fact, in spite of the great discomfort in not knowing what will come next and the blow to self-confidence, it may be the best thing that ever happened to you. Maybe this job loss is a time to explore a new career, go back to school, enjoy some well-deserved time with family and friends, start a business, catch up on projects, and finally lose 30 pounds. It’s hard to see the good though when you are struggling to get food on the table, or faced with a foreclosure.
The challenge is to look at change, especially if it has been thrust upon you, with a fresh eye to see where there is hope, hidden opportunities, and what there is to be grateful for. This helps us to focus our attention on the positive and all the good that still exists around us.
Change expert and optimist Ariane de Bonvoisin in her book, The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Any Change, says, “Every change has a gift associated with it. While it’s natural to find change hard, it’s important to remember that there are two sides to every coin and that something positive will always come. This is by far the most important belief to have during the first thirty days of change.”
As Ariane says, something positive will always come in a job loss, divorce, foreclosure, illness – whatever it is – through sheer faith, strength and determination you can not only survive, but life can become even better. But start by looking at change from a different perspective because how we view and ultimately navigate change means all the difference in the quality and direction of our lives.
For more information on Ariane de Bonvoisin, a change expert and help with transitioning through any change, visit www.first30days.com.