Let’s admit it, we resist change. Changing means that we start to do things in an unfamiliar way. Change means uncertainty. And if there is one thing that fuels inertia towards change, it’s uncertainty!
When change occurs, it pushes us out of our comfort zone. But we prefer to stay in our comfort zone. That’s why most people resist change. Change sometimes requires us to break our habits. It requires us to venture into the unknown. It’s never an easy thing to do. It’s tough.
Here, I’m talking about changing ourselves. Change our habits, lifestyle, our way of thinking and our way of doing things. Change our perception towards things, our attitude and behaviour.
Change can be both good and bad in this case. Some changes lead you to become a better person, some changes have the opposite effect. The choice is yours – change to become better or worse, it’s all up to you. Here are some quick reasons why we need to change:
1. Nothing endures but change.
This is a wise quote from Heraclitus.
We all know that the world is constantly changing. The technology has become more advance today, compared to ten years ago. Smartphone are becoming slimmer, internet speeds are becoming faster – things are improving all over the worlds, all the time. Things are becoming better and better (except for Mother Nature).
You’ll notice that nothing stays the same forever. Your life, your skills, the economic conditions, the environment – no matter what it is, everything is changing constantly. Almost everything around us changes all the time.
Look back at your life, how much have you changed? In the process of growing up, we actually undergo many stages of change as we experienced different things.
2. To react to change, we need to first change ourselves.
To react to the constantly changing environment, we must first change ourselves – the way we think and the way we do things.
We need to change ourselves to improve, to be more creative, to discover different ways of doing things, so we are able to better adapt to our surrounding. When you feel that your life is hard, change the way you view things. When you feel like you’re dying inside, step back and see what changes you can make to improve the situation.
“Use those big brains of yours and think your way around the problem. Look for a new angle.”
– Hiro Hamada from Big Hero 6.
Changes occur all the time, especially in the business world. The state of industries, the economy can change unexpectedly. Only companies that are able to adapt to the changing environment have any hope of surviving. The flexibility to react to changes determines whether a company can survive in the long term. Business world or real life, the same logic applies.
3. To be better than you were.
We change to be better than we were before. We change the ways we do things to be more productive and effective. We change the way we communicate with people to deepen our relationships with them. We change our lifestyle to live a more meaningful life. We change to improve ourselves.
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
– Winston Churchill
Want to become a healthier person? Change your lifestyle. Start to eat a healthy diet, cut down on your intake of junk food and exercise regularly.
Want to be a happy person? Change your mindset from focusing on negative stuff to positive stuff. Start to appreciate everything you have. View things from different perspective in order to see the “good things” in the bad.
“You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Face it. If we always remain the same, there won’t be any improvements in our lives. If you want to change your life, start by changing yourself. You may not know how small changes can have huge impacts on your life.
How can you start?
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
– Gail Sheehy
Change is a must throughout our lives. Without changing, we aren’t growing, we aren’t improving. The meaningless and boring life will always stay with you.
I know, changing requires courage. It’s like breaking out of your comfort zone. It’s not going to be easy to change, but it’s possible. What you can do is start by changing the small, tiny aspects in your life. Take the baby steps. Make the task as simple as possible, until you can’t resist it yourself.
- If you want to be healthier, start exercise 5 minutes per day.
- If you want to be happier, start by expressing gratitude every day. Write down 3 things you are grateful for every day. It can be as simple as “I’m not living in starvation”.
- If you want to become better in your work or academically, start by reading a broad range of materials – books, magazines, blogs that are related to your industry. Even reading 6 minutes per day is sufficient.
All these small changes you make will definitely have a huge positive impact on your life further down the road.
CHANGE MAY NOT BE EASY, BUT IT’S POSSIBLE.
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