by Joshua Zerkel
A wise person once said, â€œThe more things change, the more they stay the same.â€ We organizers work with our clients on transforming their lives by making changes to their habits and their environments. If a client truly wants their lives to become more organized and to effect a deep, profound, and long-lasting transformation, then they have to be open to change â€“ sometimes big changes, sometimes small ones. Opening up to change can sometimes be tough, but here are a few ideas to make the process a little easier:
Look at the big picture. When changes occur in our lives and our environments, it can be stressful and scary â€“ or fun and exciting, depending on the circumstance and your perspective. As something in your world is going through a change, take a step back and assess the bigger picture. What positive things might come out of this change? What new challenges come about because of this? Most importantly, changes usually signal an opportunity to grow â€“ but you have to be willing to do it.
Bend, donâ€™t break. Avoiding or fighting the changes in your life can be much more difficult than adapting to meet them. Trying to keep things from changing and holding on to past goals and idealized histories can keep you from moving forward. As difficult as it may be at first, learning to be adaptable and flexible can help you meet lifeâ€™s changes with aplomb and poise.
Pick your battles. Not every change is one worth making, and some things are better left unchanged. The key is learning which is which â€“ and putting your energies into making the right changes, not every change. When you notice that a change is about to occur in your life, try to think about the potential effects that it might have on you, and how you can best use your energies and resources to meet it.
Learning to adapt to changes in your life and your environment is an ongoing part of the human experience. Life is full of changes large and small. How you meet them can be a key factor in determining how much you get out of life. Chances are that youâ€™ll have plenty of opportunities to practice adapting to change â€“ as change is truly the only constant in life!
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