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- Don’t expect something to last forever
The term BFF (best friend forever) has become part of our everyday lingo. The reality, however, is that not everything can or does last forever. The individuals who can accept this reality are far more flexible and easygoing, while those who cannot are much more easily broken down and more afraid of losing what they have. Since at least some change is inevitable, it is better to be aware that not everything can last and to instead appreciate what you have when you have it.
- Recognize that change does happen
Denying that change is or will be occurring, and continuing to live in the past, only makes things more difficult. The more we understand that change will happen, the less upset and surprised we will be when we encounter that change.
- Count on yourself above all else
Every one of us has been betrayed or let down in the past. A mentor passes away, a trusted co-worker moves onto another career opportunity, friends go in their separate directions. The only reliable person in life is you. When you encounter the stress of change, remember that just like the animals, we too can adapt in order to thrive in our own natural habitats, that are constantly shifting, transforming, and changing in all different directions.
- Communicate with others
Communications is always important, but especially so when you face change. A lack of communications from others can have a negative impact, while effective communications can have a positive one. Part of the fear of change involves dealing with the unknown. If possible, try to minimize this factor by talking to others who have undergone such a change. Your communications should involve more than just people in your own department or company. They should involve people in other companies as well.
- Be flexible
Change requires flexibility. The better able you are to adapt to change, the greater your chances of being successful. Maybe your current job doesn't fit exactly into it. However, what skills, from your old role,can you apply to the new situation? In other words, instead of focusing on differences, focus on similarities.
- See the big picture
Change can be frightening, and disruptive. However, with the right attitude and actions, you can find opportunities in that change.