Change, a simple six-letter word, but still one of the most challenging things to get used to. Every day we are faced with the decision to allow change to take place in our lives, career and business, whether we realise it or not. From changing our habits to trying out a different work routine, to implementing a new goal or strategy.
Change is one of the most crucial things in the life of every human being. If we don’t learn how to adapt to change, we don’t grow, we don’t progress, and we eventually rob ourselves of becoming the best version of ourselves.
Even in our careers, change plays a vital role. According to research conducted by LinkedIn, the majority of people don’t change or switch jobs because of their work or money. People switch jobs because of lack of ‘change’ and career advancement. Statistics show that 45% of job seekers leave their job because of lack of career opportunities.
So yes, change is a good thing. However, the truth is change can sometimes be very uncomfortable and quite challenging to accept too. So here are five important reasons that will help you to accept and embrace change.
1. Change produces growth and personal development
If we really have to choose between change or having things just the way it has always been, many of us will shy away from change, no matter how small or big it is. However, if you think about it from a physical aspect, how weird would it be if our bodies never changed? If we never grew taller or even if our hair always remained at the same length? So, just as our physical growth is important, our mental and emotional growth is even more crucial too.
2. Change gives you a new vision and perspective
Change comes with new ideas and new perspectives on things in life, your career or relationships. Sometimes you just need to learn how to see things from a different angle in order to progress or make things happen for yourself. Often times, relationships or business ideas tend to not work out because of our own mindset. Being willing to change your perspective on things can help broaden your mind to achieve your long-term goals.
3. Change leads to new opportunities
Change opens doors to new opportunities and experiences. For example, recognising that you are not growing in your current job role and taking the chance to change careers can lead to so many big career opportunities. Also, adapting to change in your career could mean taking on new projects, accepting bigger responsibilities and getting out of your comfort zone.
4. Change keeps your life and career exciting
This point basically ties in with the previous point. Can you imagine how boring it would be working at the same job and doing the same thing for many, many years? Even if you work at the same company for a long period of time, having changes in your job role or even moving up the corporate ladder is necessary in order to keep your work and life exciting. It’s good to change up your daily work routine as well. And if you always walk or drive the same route to work, why not try a different route once in a while?
5. Change is inevitable
Learning how to embrace change should be one of our number one goals. Whether we like it or not, sooner or later, change is going to happen anyway. Things will never really stay the same. Even the world changes every single day. And with new technologies, developments and tools on the rise, the world is becoming more innovative. And as these technologies are integrated into our everyday lives, we have to learn how to adapt to those changes.
So yes, accepting change and embracing the unknown can be a scary thing, however, the resulting outcome of embracing change could definitely be more rewarding than you think.