New Growth — How to See Change Differently and Transform Your Experience

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Reframe change as new growth…

New growth is happening all around us here in NH as spring takes hold and moves toward summer. It’s a change that we generally welcome.

And yet, being open to the constancy of change is one of the biggest challenges that we face as human beings. So it’s interesting to consider this as we come to a time of seasonal transition.

How you feel about the change from spring to summer (or from fall to winter) can tell you a lot about how you approach change in general.

There is an element of the unpredictable built into any change. It upsets the equilibrium that we had established for ourselves. It sends things into flux. Even if a change is positive and, for the most part, expected, it still has a ripple effect and impacts lots of areas of our lives. And sometimes that holds surprises.

When it comes to change, I like to think of it on two different levels. On the one level there is the fact of the change itself. The other, equally important level, is our attitude or our response to this change.

Even more than the change itself, how we respond is what often defines our experience and determines what happens next.

So, what’s the best way to prepare for and welcome the changes that come our way every day?

Change and New Growth — 3 Tips

  • As much as you can, build in a little extra time every day for the unexpected. Think of your time the way the Shakers used to think of their crops. They planted enough for themselves and then, always, a little extra for the marauding animals. The unexpected is going to visit you every single day in small or large ways. If you build in some time to accommodate it, you’re less likely to feel victimized by it.
  • When change does come, whether it’s unexpected or something you’ve chosen, spend a little time getting a handle on your attitude toward it. As soon as you sense a change, do you constrict and take a defensive stance? Work to transform that for yourself by consciously opening and welcoming this new thing. Framing it as an opportunity for new growth helps. Give yourself clear and direct messages about your competence and power to choose. Say yes to new growth, and see how your feelings about change are transformed.
  • Each time you let yourself open to a change, be sure to come back later and validate that. The more you practice the more you develop your flexibility and confidence. Giving yourself a pat on the back never hurts. It reinforces the choice you’ve made and also adds to your momentum.

As you successfully negotiate newness in your life you will find that door after door opens for you.

You are always ripe for new growth. And the more you embrace this process the more you’ll find yourself sprouting in all sorts of exciting directions.

So, how will you take steps to welcome your changes, starting today?

Here’s some help…

Change is a fact of life, but do you sometimes feel like it’s coming at you too fast? Or does it pop up unexpectedly and throw all your plans awry? Well, I’d like to share a time tool that helps. no matter what kind of change you’re dealing with.

It’s titled How to Partner with Change and Aging, and to discover more about it right now, just click here:

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