There are 3 things in life that are certain, – death which none of us want to see, taxes which none of us like to pay and change which most of us dislike. But change happens every single day of our life, from the little things like a change in our schedule or a change of direction while we are driving because of problems on the road, to the bigger things like a change of career, a change of marital status or the onset of an illness.
Some of these changes can and do sound very bad but you can always find some benefits no matter what that change is.
Change triggers Progress – you should look beyond the actual change to see how it can assist you in the future. When a change happens it is important to accept that it has happened and believe in yourself and your abilities to move on. You may have stumbling blocks along the way, but each stumble will help you change the way you tackle the problem. The progress you make will show you that change can work to your advantage. All small changes eventually become big!
Change can give you opportunities that you never thought you would ever have.
I always say to groups that I am speaking to “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” Unfortunately, as we age we stop ourselves from trying something new because we think that we will look silly or won’t be good at something. I see this in children now who are too scared to get involved in things that they feel they won’t be good at and they miss out on what may be a great chance to try something new. Sometimes we are so scared of change that we miss out on those opportunities. I say try something new each week to get used to change on a small scale, besides you never know what trying that something would do for you.
Change makes you re-evaluate your life, are you on the right path, is there something else you should be doing. There is a great quote by Wayne Dyer “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” At times we get stuck in a rut because we are so set in our ways and will only do things in a certain way. If we take the time to look at things differently we are able to move forward and that change becomes the norm.
With change comes education. It is so important to be constantly learning.
Changes in our lives help us learn, helps us grow and help us progress. Whether it is learning a new job or learning that you have the power in you to do anything you chose to do. With learning we can sometimes become frustrated because we live in an immediate society where we want things to happen instantly. Any good change can take time, it’s all about baby steps and not expecting to be an expert overnight. Growing up we take time to learn, it’s only as adults that the instant gratification is required. We need to slow down and take time to learn how to make the changes in our lives to become successful.
Last but not least change gives us New Beginnings – I believe that every day is a new beginning and the changes that await us can be incredible. We may not believe that at the time of the change but it is important to take a moment during the day to think at least one positive. Accepting change can be as easy as changing our thought patterns, believing in ourselves and our abilities.
Without change we become motionless, you may never progress or move forward and reaching any goal you have set for yourself will become impossible.
It is a fact that an effective change requires trust and the willingness to accept mistakes or even failure to eventually be successful.
Winston Churchill once said “To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often.”
After 35 years of training, 2 countries, 3 sports and one devastating diagnosis, Carol Cooke’s dream of winning a gold medal came true at 51. Carol Cooke is an absolute inspiration and we are proud of her guest posts here at Towards a Better You. Carol can be contacted via her website at www.carolcooke.com.au