Change happens with a great deal of emotion, and embracing change is a primary signal of the level of our emotional intelligence. In today's post, which includes excerpts from my book, The Power of Emotion, we talk about learning to embrace change as an act of self-care and promoting our well-being.
THE POWER OF EMOTION | CHAPTER 26 | OVERVIEW
Embracing Change & Self-Care Will Change Your Life
When it comes to change, are you someone who embraces or avoids it? For some, change is the spice of life that keeps them interested and excited. For others, it incites fear or uncomfortable feelings.
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It's impossible to control everything that happens in our lives. So, the best way to deal with change is to anticipate and prepare for it. These actions reduce the impact of intense emotions like shock, fear, surprise, and disappointment when change arises.
Planning for it doesn't mean we won't feel uncomfortable when change occurs. But if we consider the possibility of change is around the corner, we will be better prepared to deal with it when it happens.
Deliberate planning fosters a growth mindset and reinforces our confidence and flexibility skills. When we expect and prepare for change, we are empowered and better able to turn anxiety into action.
Your Mindset Makes a Difference
Having a growth mindset makes change easier. People who already embrace change recognize that new opportunities often positively impact the trajectory of their life. They enjoy taking measured risks and being challenged, which helps them grow and develop.
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Embracing the opportunity to let go of what may not be working and start new routines is both motivating and exciting.
Planning for Change
There are two types of change: 1) the kind we plan for and 2) the kind that catches us by surprise. Determination, commitment, and the expectation that the road ahead may have a few bumps will be our most significant assets.
Those with strong emotional intelligence know growth does not happen when they are comfortable. Indeed, there are times when being comfortable meets our current needs. However, feeling content at length may cause us to become stale and complacent. It can be dull and demotivating when we go through the same motions daily, negatively affecting our well-being.
Consider options that advance your self-care, like adding exercise into your daily routine. Trying something new, like an alternate career, starting a business, or repairing a relationship, are all changes we can plan for and place in our realm of control. Suggestions like these take you out of your comfort zone and encourage growth and development, impacting your overall well-being.
Without question, preparing for change is a proactive way to get out of your comfort zone and thrive.
But what about the kind of change that catches us off guard and takes us by surprise?
You wouldn't be human if you didn't gasp and wonder how you'll ever deal with it. But, if you've been practicing the strategies that help monitor and manage your feelings included in my book, you'll take a deep breath, reflect on the situation, and determine to deal with it constructively.
That's "planning for change" in hindsight.
Overcoming Fear and Embracing Change
Overcoming the fear that change drives and embracing change can be challenging but rewarding. Many people adapt to change, even if it appears too difficult. Recalling our past experiences is evidence that we can do it. Planning for change and using our positive self-talk will make the experience achievable.
Now that you know why embracing change is an act of self-care that promotes well-being, you can work on improving your emotional intelligence to prepare yourself for a change! Be sure to get your copy of my book, The Power of Emotion, to get more actionable insights and tips for embracing change.
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