“The only thing that is constant is change.” – Heraclitus
Change is a natural and constant part of life, especially in such a fast-paced world that we live in today. Not only everything around you changes, but you change as well. The problem is many of us will resist and reject it.
Change can be scary and difficult, but change is often a good thing and can be so worth it. While not all change feels good, if we can handle it and look at it in the right light, growth as well as good outcomes can come from accepting change.
The following are twelve reasons why we should seek, accept and embrace change.
Change allows you to learn new things that you normally wouldn’t have learned with old ways. Even if the change involves failure, oftentimes a lot more can be learned from failure than success.
Learning doesn't just stop at school. It's a lifelong process. The more we seek out change and new experiences, the more learning opportunities are presented to us. Change can force you to look at things in a new light and challenge your current beliefs, values, and knowledge. It can allow you to learn new ideas, skills, viewpoints, and information. You can also learn and discover new things about yourself.
Accepting and embracing change allows you to adapt better to change and become more flexible. Change can be a lot harder on someone when they resist and reject it. Accepting change makes dealing with change a lot easier.
The more we deal with change, the more used to it we become, the easier it becomes to deal with it. Rigidity and resistance can cause unnecessary stress and blind us from the good that new situations, environments, and people can bring.
3. Opportunities & Possibilities
Change can open up many doors and opportunities that normally wouldn't have been there without change. Change makes many things possible. It can allow you to meet new people, enjoy new experiences, develop new skills and ideas, learn new knowledge and information, and achieve great feats.
Change can help you transform and have breakthroughs. You'll never know what can become and what can happen until you do. The possibilities with change become endless.
Improvement is impossible without change. Change is necessary for improvement, growth, and development to take place. Change doesn’t have to be drastic or sudden either; it can be slow and steady for improvement and growth to happen.
Embracing and seeking change not only makes sure you keep up with the times and stay up to date, but also allows you to get ahead as well. Change allows for progress to happen.
Greatness is more likely when you embrace change. It's easier to remain stagnant and comfortable when you are “good,” but you miss out on the potential and opportunity of becoming great whether it be with your job, your relationships, or any skill or hobby you pursue.
Many people reject change because they claim to be happy already, but with change, they have the potential to be happier. Many of us don't know what we're missing out of because we are okay with where we are. Lack of change and resistance to change makes it a lot easier to settle.
“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don't have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don't have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” – Jim Collins
When you openly embrace change, it reduces and can eliminate the fears that can come with change. When change pushes us out of our comfort zone, courage grows. We can slowly, but surely overcome our fears by embracing the change that comes from facing our fears.
And yes, those fears can include the fear of change itself. Fear is an illusion in our minds that only stop us from seeking and achieving greater things in life.
7. Resilience & Grit
Acceptance of change makes us more resilient. Resilience makes us stronger and more capable of dealing with life's difficulties. You learn that when there's a change in your life however big it may be, that it's not the end of the world and you'll get through it, probably even better than before. We're more equipped and efficacious with what life throws at us because of the changes we've dealt with before.
Without change, you can never know what your strengths are and what you are truly capable of. What we learn about ourselves can be surprising to many of us.
8. Appreciate Failure & Enjoy Success
Embracing change allows you to be okay with change, whether it be negative or positive. Some of us can avoid change even if it's positive change and it involves success. Success anxiety is a very real thing.
Many of us can feel more relaxed with less responsibility and less success because we are comfortable with how things are now. Success can be scary and uncomfortable. When we learn to accept change, we can enjoy the success and good things that come with change and stop self-sabotaging.
9. Allows You to be Proactive
When you accept, embrace, and seek change, it puts the ball in your court and puts the direction of your life in your own hands. It allows you to be proactive and not reactive. You are no longer a victim controlled by outside forces. You make the choices when you embrace change. Only you are responsible for yourself and your life.
Implementing changes makes you more likely to reach your goals, develop your character, and live the life you want to live. When you accept change, you stop wasting time and energy complaining about changes that happen around you and instead take the initiative to make your own changes or accept the change and leave it at that.
10. Life Becomes More Interesting
If we take a look at movies and books, most of them have something in common. The main character or the protagonist often goes through change and transformation throughout the story. Without this, there would probably be no book or movie, and we would see the character as bland and boring and perhaps even unlikeable. The change(s) the character goes through often makes them interesting and more likable.
The changes that we go through and that we implement into our lives makes us more unique and interesting. The more experiences we've had, the more things we learn, and the more things we go through and get through makes our lives richer and more interesting. Those things even make us seem more interesting to others. Change can not only make life interesting; it can make life exciting. Change is exciting!
Even when it comes to negative changes in our life, the same applies. Whenever I'm unhappy about something in my life, or I keep messing up and failing, I like to think to myself that the greatest failures make for the best success stories. Change makes you a more developed and well-rounded person.
11. Change Can Improve Your Relationships
Experiencing change can also make you more open-minded and empathetic which can also improve your relationships with people. When you have more experiences and face difficult and adverse change, you are able to relate to people better and put yourself in their shoes because of the experiences you've had.
Change gives you more awareness and different perspectives of other people's different experiences and viewpoints that you had never had before. It's harder to relate to people who haven't had very many experiences or haven't faced any of life's challenges. Those people are also going to find it hard to relate to those who have.
12. You're More Likely to Follow Through with Your Goals
Even if we have goals and want to reach them, we may still be resistant to change, whether we're aware of it or not. When we embrace change, we're more likely to value our ideas and potential possibilities, and then follow through with them. When we value our ideas and goals, we're more likely to believe in ourselves and our abilities.
When we accept change, we're more likely to reach our goals.
“The only thing that never changes is that everything changes.” – Louis L'Amour
The sooner you can start accepting, embracing, and seeking change, the sooner you can start enjoying life's natural process. There are so many opportunities out there waiting for you to discover. You can't alter the fact that change exists, but you can adjust your view and approach to live a happier and more fulfilled life.
Stagnancy is death. Change is what makes you alive. We're either moving up or moving down. By accepting, embracing, and seeking change, we make the conscious choice to keep moving forward and continue growing and improving.
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Isabella Gura is the author and creator of ReachingSelf. She writes articles to help millennials reach their goals, become their highest selves, and live their best lives.