The Necessity of Change

Sometimes you’re ripe for change and you pursue it. You might be in a relationship that just isn’t quite working anymore. Or maybe you know that it hasn’t been working for a while and you have only now come to terms with that fact. You might be dragging yourself to work every morning, convincing yourself day in and out that your fat paycheque makes up for the fact that you’re unfulfilled. Either way, you’re ready to make a change – pronto.

Sometimes change finds you. Your significant other might want out. You may have known that he or she has been unhappy for a while because you’ve been arguing a lot lately. Or you might be completely blind-sided and honestly may not have seen it coming. You may have been unexpectedly laid off from work. When change comes knocking on your door (and it will) it can often be shocking.

Whether you choose to make a change or change sneaks up on you, there will probably be an element of fear involved. Let’s be honest – change can be scary. The key is recognizing that change is inevitable and necessary. Without change, you’ll never be challenged to grow.

Change is inevitable. Day always turns into night. Monday always turns into Tuesday. Change will happen whether you want it to or not. So why fight it? Embrace change. Turn it on its head. Redefine it. Make it an opportunity. Own it.

Change is necessary. Change results in growth. If you retain a comfortable status quo forever, you’ll be the same person at 34 that you were at 28. In this case, you’re merely surviving. Surviving is not the same as living. Every change is the opportunity to tweak how you live your life. You may experience growing pains but never lose the lesson. Every change is a chance to redefine your life. Embrace the lessons that come with change. Build on those lessons to figure out what works and doesn’t work for you.

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” ~ Steve Jobs

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