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Change isn’t a dirty or scary word!

Change often gets a bad rap. 

Understandably, it can be pretty scary because it disrupts the status quo, creates uncertainty, and requires individuals or organizations to step out of their comfort zones. 

We can all relate to this in some way, especially because we’re all in a different place than we were before the pandemic. Even though we might be tired of hearing about its impact, it’s a real thing we must acknowledge. Some individuals, businesses, and professions were more affected than others, and some had more extreme or successful results. Regardless, everyone changed in some aspects of their lives during this historic time. 

Change often triggers fear, anxiety, and discomfort because of the unknown. It disrupts established routines and can create feelings of instability or insecurity. Past negative experiences and organizational factors can also contribute to resistance. 

Despite these challenges, change is often necessary for growth, innovation, and adaptation to new circumstances. By addressing concerns, involving stakeholders, and fostering a supportive and inclusive environment, it’s possible to overcome resistance to change and harness its potential for positive transformation.

Overwhelming? I get it. Making changes can indeed be daunting. 

Change is a natural part of life, and while it may be scary at times, it often leads to growth and new opportunities. 

Here are some steps to help navigate through the fear:

  1. Acknowledge the Fear: Recognize that feeling scared is natural when facing change. Accepting this emotion allows you to address it more effectively.
  2. Identify Reasons for Fear: Pinpoint specific reasons why the change is scary. Understanding what you’re afraid of can help you address those concerns directly.
  3. Break It Down: Divide the change into smaller, manageable steps. Tackling one step at a time can make the process feel less overwhelming.
  4. Visualize Success: Imagine how your life will improve as a result of the change. Visualizing a positive outcome can help counteract negative thoughts and fears.
  5. Seek Support: Share your fears with friends, family, or a trusted mentor. Talking about your concerns can provide valuable perspective and support.
  6. Educate Yourself: Knowledge is power. Researching the change you’re making can help alleviate fears stemming from uncertainty.
  7. Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself during this process. It’s okay to feel scared and to make mistakes.
  8. Take Action: Sometimes, the best way to overcome fear is to take the first step forward. Start with small actions and gradually build momentum.
  9. Celebrate Progress: Acknowledge and celebrate each milestone you reach along the way. Recognizing your progress can boost confidence and motivate you to keep going.
  10. Embrace Growth Mindset: View challenges as opportunities for growth rather than threats. Shift your mindset from fearing change to embracing it as a chance to learn and evolve.

If you are still struggling, you are not alone. We often need help to make a change. Let Arianne help you build trust in yourself and develop your ability to adapt and thrive in the face of change.

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