Yes, change is inevitable and there are situations that will be out of your control. Rather than resisting it, it is important to build up the skills and techniques to cope with it and adapt to your surroundings. The skill of embracing and accepting change allows you to be less frightened, overwhelmed, and anxious about it which will ultimately lead you to a freer flowing life. Need help recognizing what is and isn’t within your control? We have a 10-day email sequence to help walk you through that.
When we face our changes head-on, there are some ways to uniquely benefit from it and be better off as a result. Let’s examine 5 benefits of facing change.
Learn to Deal with Adversity
Many people would agree that change, even positive change, comes with some measure of adversity. Change challenges our comfort zone and our familiarity, which can be difficult at times. When we confront and tackle change, we learn crucial skills that help us to cope with future adversity we may encounter.
We learn to become more tolerant and more open to new situations and scenarios. We learn to think critically and become more analytical as we come up with plans and solutions to help us adapt to the changes at hand. In learning these skills, we become better equipped to deal with difficulties that can arise in the future.
Boosts Inner Strength
Facing change can also help boost our inner strength. There is a measure of inner fortitude it takes to be able to handle circumstances and situations that are new and unfamiliar. Pushing through changes and learning the necessary information or skills needed to adapt to change enhances that inner strength.
This then better equips us to face future scenarios that prove to be challenging and unfamiliar. One can liken it to working out with weights. While using weights makes working out more challenging, the more you use them, the stronger you become. Likewise, the more you put yourself in scenarios that require inner strength, the stronger you become by default.
Resilience can be defined as the ability to recover quickly from difficulties. Change can be difficult in some regards because it’s new and unfamiliar. However, when we put in the effort to work through changes that come our way, our tolerance and strength are built up.
This means that when faced with future situations, even though initially we may be thrown off track, those new situations and unexpected changes won’t leave us reeling. Instead, we will find ourselves better able to accept those changes and move forward quickly towards developing a plan to help us navigate those changes.
Enhanced Adaptability & Flexibility
Another way facing change can offer benefits is by increasing our adaptability and flexibility. The nature of change is new, unfamiliar, and uncomfortable. Working through change increases our ability to cope with the new, unfamiliar, and uncomfortable. Again, the more you expose yourself to something, the better you’ll be able to handle it in the future. Thus, by adapting to change you currently face, you strengthen your tolerance which makes you more receptive to future change and quicker on your feet when it comes to facing change.
There is nothing quite as rewarding as facing a challenge and overcoming it. Change is a challenge, so when we face change rather than run from it, we conquer a difficulty. In conquering that difficulty we gain confidence in our abilities and thus an increase in self-esteem is achieved. When we see what we are capable of it empowers us to be able to do even more.
So, while change may not be the most exciting thing on the planet, it can certainly be beneficial if we allow it. By making the tough decision to push through and face our challenges, we gain the skill set, tools, and confidence needed to navigate other changes and challenges with confidence and strength.
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