10 July 2018

By Margaret Gray

Accept that change happens

The first step in dealing with change is to simply accept that change happens no matter what you do. It is not a result of the world turning against you or of personal failure – it just happens as the world turns. Asking yourself why something is changing, or why it’s changing in your life can cause a lot of stress and sadness. It’s also simply unhelpful.

Anticipate change

Although some change comes along without warning, there are usually signs that things are about to change. If you are like me, you often ignore these because you have become so comfortable in your present situation that you refuse to acknowledge impending change. If parts of your relationship or your job start to show signs of wear and tear, face up to those signs of imminent change before becoming suddenly overwhelmed. The better prepared you are for changes in your life, the easier the transition will be.

Adapt to change quickly

The more willing you are to integrate change into your life, the less of an impact it will have on your wellbeing. It is important to be flexible in your relationship and your job, ready to flourish in new situations and take on different challenges. Rather than being stressed by change, think about being psyched by the opportunities ahead. View change as a chance to learn new skills, grow on a personal level, and explore your capabilities.

How to deal with change

Initiate change yourself

Dr Johnson uses the example of a small chain of family businesses that are reluctant to close as competition from the opening of a mega-store nearby cuts their revenue in half. They could simply wait for the businesses to close in time due to bankruptcy, causing a huge change in the life of the family, but Dr Johnson believes the owners should beat change to the punch. He suggests that they close their small shops and build a large, competing mega-store with the same family values. By initiating change, they are able to deal with the problem before the problem deals with them.

Enjoy change!

No matter how scary change may seem, there is always a positive side to it. A new job or school is a chance to meet new people and make lifelong friendships; finding yourself newly single means you have more time for your hobbies, passions, and friends. Try not to think of change as a setback, but rather a set-up for future success and enjoyment.

Be ready to change quickly and enjoy it again and again

Without change, my life would be repetitive and dull, forcing me into a continuous rut. Change is part and parcel of living an exciting, dynamic, and stimulating life. The sooner I embrace it, the better.

Who Moved My Cheese? is a fictional story about the different ways of approaching and dealing with change. Having sold over ten million copies, it has helped people from all walks of life adjust to transitions in their lives.  

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