4 Smart Tips To Prepare for and Embrace Change

Fall is here and change is in the air.  The temps are getting cooler, the leaves are turning and soon the holidays will be upon us.

Change. It’s inevitable. It happens to all of us.  But as you know it often doesn’t come to us gently and in small doses, but rather it comes barreling in sometimes feeling like a huge storm has hit and you feel like there is no end to it. I am sure many of you can relate to this; the feelings that are attached to when major change occurs in your life that you least expected.

How do you deal with ‘change’ presently?

  • Do you resist it?
  • Do you get angry?
  • Do you have anxiety?
  • Do you freeze up, unable to deal with it?
  • Do you make bad decisions?
  • Do you embrace change?

Since you know that change is going to happen, what you can do is best prepare for it, take action on what you can do when it hits you and shift your mindset to look at it in a positive way.  Everyone deals with change differently, but here are some healthy ways to prepare and positively embrace change.

4 Smart Tips To Prepare for and Embrace Change

  1. Develop a Plan – In all aspects of your life, always try to have a plan of action. Obviously you can’t plan for everything but there are lots of situations that you can be proactive on. When you plan ahead, if change ends up happening quickly, once you deal with the initial shock of it, you have some action items ready for you to tackle things head on.
  2. Take Time to Work Through It – This is probably one of the toughest things to do when change comes Fall - Fall Maple Tree(especially when it’s something you do not want). Before you are able to move forward from it,  you may need a period of time to work through it, because sometimes change is very similar to a loss. So be okay with taking the time you need to work through the feelings of change. Just remember that in order to positively move forward through change, positive action is necessary.  You don’t have to like what’s happening or agree with the change, but you deserve great happiness and positive steps forward are necessary at some point. But take the time you need.  We all have our own timelines and ways we need to work through change.
  3. See the Opportunity for Growth – When people think of change, many times it’s thought of as a bad thing. As they say, life is all about the attitude we have toward things. Do your best to think of change as a new beginning, something that is meant to be in the long run. I know in my life, even though some things didn’t seem like a blessing at the time, down the road, I could see how it turned out for the very best. And actually, change most of the time is GREAT! When there is change, there is new growth. So embrace change, you will become a stronger and better person because of it!
  4. Reach Out For Support – When change occurs, don’t be afraid to reach out to the people who care about you, support you and will help you. Don’t go through major change below. It shows great strength when you reach out to others.
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Change is constant.  Someone right now is going through massive changes in their life.  Are you one of them? What kind of changes are you going through?  Positive changes or challenging ones?  And how do you deal with change?  I’d love to hear from you!

“You must welcome change as the rule, but not as your ruler.” -Denis Waitley

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  1. Dale Fagre October 11, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Excellent Cynthia! The classic “plan the work, work the plan” platform. Sometimes, we can try to make things so complicated to drive growth, change and delight in our lives that we miss the simplicity in the strategy. Not that the drive itself toward growth and change is simple, because it is not. Thanks for a great reminder and encouragement!

    • SmartChic October 11, 2015 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Dale, I want to thank you for taking the time to comment on this blog. I really appreciate your wisdom. YES! I agree that we need to try to not complicate things and keep them as simple as possible. I appreciate you. Have an awesome day!

  2. Dave Moore October 11, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Hi Cynthia
    I read a lot about change and so many people write a list of ten or twenty things to do but I love how you have not only reduced it to 4 but that the 4 you have chosen are the most important.
    1. Develop a Plan / It doesn’t mean change IS going to happen but have a contingency plan. Prepare for war, live in peace.
    2. Take Time to Work Through It / When it happens deal with it
    3. See the Opportunity for Growth/ Inside everything, good and bad, is a lesson or maybe just something we can use
    4. Reach Out For Support / SO GLAD you mentioned this one because so many people don’t. What they do is keep on doing what they THINK is right and before you know it, they are down a dead end.

    When i worked with a company in England who were about to go through a massive change due to a takeover one of the Directors asked ‘what should our plan B be?’
    I asked him what Plan A was. He didn’t have one.
    “You’re plan A is to be prepared for the change that will inevitably come” I told him. “And if you can’t do that, go to Plan B”
    “What’s Plan B?”
    “Plan B is simple. Plan B is DEAL WITH IT!”

    Change is going to happen, as you said, it’s inevitable.
    Great and inspiring words my friend.
    All the very best
    Dave

    • SmartChic October 11, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Wow Dave! Absolutely LOVE your wisdom here. I appreciate you taking the time to comment in such amazing detail and thought. I hope everyone really takes in what you wrote above. YOU are the best my friend. I am grateful for you! Thank you for your leadership and friendship!

  3. Charles October 11, 2015 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Hello Cynthia!

    I too appreciate how you condensed how to handle change in 4 steps. Many provide lists of things to do that does not provide energy to the expected user. Change will happen with or without us and I always appreciate how you put things. My thanks to you as always my friend.

    • SmartChic October 11, 2015 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Charles for your comments. I am so glad that this article resonated with you and you enjoyed it. YOU are appreciated my friend. Always inspiring. Always supportive. I appreciate you!

  4. Debbie Roppolo October 11, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Excellent tips! What hinders people the most (I think) about change is fear of the unknown, and with that comes the fear of failure. When I was younger, stepping outside of my comfort zone and accepting changes was a challenge. It helped when an older cousin pointed out that we fail at something at least once a day our entire lives. The key was to face the obstacles, overcome them, and embrace the changes.

    I love your post! Sharing it

    • SmartChic October 11, 2015 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Debbie! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my post. You are so right that it is difficult for people to step out of their comfort zones…. but as you know, when you break through the fear, so many awesome opportunities come out of that. I appreciate you!

  5. Debbie October 11, 2015 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Cynthia,
    This is very well written. I liked the part about “See the opportunity for growth.” It is about ones perspective. Thanks for inspiring a positive perspective.

    • SmartChic October 11, 2015 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Debbie for taking the time to comment. Yes, we must always look at change as an opportunity to learn and grow. Have an amazing day!

  6. jane October 11, 2015 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    I love the shortlist of things and others have already added thoughts and support to them. I would like to interject a couple things I’ve learrned from experience. Adopt the mindset that change is neither good nor bad, it’s just different. When we absolutely feel like change is being forced on us or change comes out of tragedy, it’s one of the hardest things to do. But to your 2nd and 3rd points, if we decide that change is neither good nor bad, it’s just different, it helps with the steps we go through to accept then embrace the change.

    Also be diligent about self care. This is not the time to be ambivalent. Get your rest, exercise, and eat for nutrician and energy.

    Stay awesome. The change you dread today could be the victory you celebrate tomorrow. We just don’t know.

    • SmartChic October 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      I absolutely love your perspective Jane! I like that you look at change as ‘different’ not necessarily good or bad. Great wisdom my friend. I appreciate you so much Jane!!!!!

  7. Donna October 11, 2015 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Outstanding post, as always! Let’s face it, change can be scary. I think you bring up a very important point when you mention the fact that change can be seen as an opportunity for growth. New situations and new challenges help to propel us forward to greatness! Thanks for making change seem so manageable! 🙂

    • SmartChic October 11, 2015 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Donna, thank you so much for your comments. I really appreciate it! Everything that we go through in some way will have some sort of learning lesson out of it. If we can use those experiences in a really positive way, that’s really going to help ourselves and possibly others in the future. I thank you for taking the time to comment. YOU are awesome.

  8. Jill Cofsky October 12, 2015 at 5:00 am - Reply

    Thank you for another great post, Cynthia! As you mentioned, life is all about the attitude we have toward things. We have to do our best to embrace change and grow from it, whether it is a positive change or a challenge. Although change is not always easy and often takes us out of our comfort zone, it is inevitable. Yet, to become the best version of ourselves, we must do our best to keep moving forward in the right direction… and that requires change. Bring it on!

  9. Tracy Cotton October 12, 2015 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Great tips Cynthia – especially like the permission to take some time to deal with the change. Sometimes we need to take a few minutes or even a few days to recognize what emotions we are experiencing because of the change so we can better deal with those reactions. Are we scared? Are we overwhelmed? Maybe the anger or anxiety we feel is deeper – if we blow by these things we miss the opportunity to grow stronger and more resilient. Asking for help is also something we can forget to do or are too proud to do but then we also are missing the opportunity for someone else to give support they are often happy to do so.

    Ultimately recognizing change is inevitable and beyond our control but how we react is within our power is valuable life tools!

  10. Liz Stincelli October 12, 2015 at 8:55 am - Reply

    I love this, Cynthia. And, it was very timely for me. I am entering a time of change in my life, and while it is a good change, every change requires work. Last week I was completely overwhelmed and unable to even think through where to start; I was very anxious. So, what’s the best way to overcome anxiety towards change? As you mentioned, first I came up with a plan that broke the work down in to smaller, easier to manage steps. Then, I focused on how good the outcome will be once I get from here to there.

    Thank you for the great reminder that change is manageable if we keep these four steps in mind.

  11. Susan October 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Truly inspired writing, Cynthia. You give us the pivotal information allong with the execution. Brilliant! Keep up the terrific work.

  12. Debbie October 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Cynthia, you’re so right, change is inevitable. After all, we live on a planet that is in constant motion and does a full rotation around the sun every 24 hours. So, it’s not just seasonal changes, but minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour change is occurring both internally and externally. Change is a constant and it’s often when we avoid or ignore change or the signs that a large change is imminent, that we are confronted with a “big” change seemingly all at once and out of the blue. So you’re right, planning for change, embracing change and having the right attitude towards change, completely changes the way we experience change. Planning helps, but it’s important to be flexible in allowing the plan to change based on the guidance we get from our intuition.

  13. Giovanni Gaudelli October 14, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Ciao Cynthia! I like your short list of 4 steps because it’s…short! Change is not always easy, but if we take it one step at a time – even when “it comes barreling in like a huge storm” – I believe it becomes more manageable.
    Attitude has a great influence over how we react to what’s happening. There’s a point in the change process that can feel like a no man’s land. We’re not where we used to be and we’re not where we’re heading either. I agree, we need to give ourselves some time to sort out our emotions and options. I also think we’ve become too much ingrained in the “instant this” and “instant that” mentality and expect everything to be easy and happen at the push of a button, to the point where we have forgotten to enjoy the process. This is where a positive attitude can make a big difference. The trade-off: valuable learning and growth.
    Grazie mille for the great tips, Cynthia!

    • SmartChic November 1, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Giovanni for your comments my friend. You are awesome!

  14. Aubrey welch October 16, 2015 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Cynthia another top blog it may be succinct but it encompasses everything that is required on a day to day and longer term basis.

    We all have a fear of change but we shouldn’t as it helps as all grow and adds our development.

    Without change where would we be and where would we get to?

    It’s impossible to say!

    As always thank you for your support and continual motivational blogs.

    Aubrey

    • SmartChic November 1, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Aubrey for your amazing support and friendship. I appreciate your comments!

  15. Deborah Oveland October 20, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Cynthia, I particularly like the part about being proactive. I think, even with the “toughest” changes, if we are proactive and involved in the process, we cope! It is much better, in my opinion, to be proactive than to sit and perseverate about the “what ifs” or dread the change. Expect it to be wonderful, even if it is hard. Expect the best.

    • SmartChic November 1, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      Excellent comments of wisdom Debbie! Thank you so much for this!

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