Saturday, February 04, 2006

Change Happens

There is one constant in life and that is that life is always changing. Things happen to us and our life is suddenly different. In a split second (a car accident), a few minutes (a tornado) or 6 hours (hurricane Katrina) your life can be turned inside out. Your business downsizes and you’re out, you discover your spouse cheated on you or you flunk out of school, all of which can produce serious changes in your life.

Some people deal with change easily but most do not. Many people have serious reservations about dealing with change because they feel comfortable in their groove and change is threatening, change is scary. What will become of me? What will I do now? How will I survive? This fear and anxiety can shut us down and keep us from moving on in our life.

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” This question is the one we all have to ask ourselves. It comes from Who Moved my Cheese? For Teens by Spencer Johnson, M.D. I highly recommend this book to all adults and teens who have problems with change. There is also an adult version but the teen version is a quick read that will help you deal with the changes in your life. It will help you pick yourself up and move on.

Since our lives are always changing, the more prepared we are, the more successful we will be. In addition, what is something you could do tomorrow if you weren’t afraid? When tomorrow comes, do it and see how good you will feel. Let that be the start of the new, happier, and more successful you.