Dealing with Change in 5 Easy Steps

Dealing with Change in 5 Easy Steps

Dealing with change is not always an easy thing to do for most people but without this necessary ‘evolution’ in our lives, how would we improve? Our aversion to changing many things in our lives stems from a natural fear of the unknown and it’s this fear that may be holding you back from experiencing MORE in many aspects of your life! The first step in dealing with an otherwise ‘traumatic’ shift in how we live, work or love is to recognize that change can be good and doesn’t need to be feared! Getting over our natural reluctance to make or accept changes is what we’re talking about here today!

To help ‘ease’ the discomfort associated with embracing changes in our lives, here are 5 simple steps to help you transition to something new and different! Remember, it’s usually for the better…

Seek Advice

Discuss with others your reluctance and listen to their objective feedback as to WHY you should consider changes! Listening to others helps introduce a degree of objectivity into your thinking and can even help you overcome your fear of the unknown, especially when others have already ventured into the ‘unknown’ and benefited! This is especially important since this fear is usually what is holding you back!

Look to the Positive

If you’re seeking change, there must be a reason, so emphasize the positive of what making any changes can do for you! It tends to be human nature to focus more on the negatives when making changes because, once again, we’re not really sure how these changes will affect us! As much as making things better is appealing, to anybody, it’s hard to escape the concern of what would the negative effects of any changes may be! Again, our feelings of fear and dread tend to dominate our thinking so be aware of this and control your thinking!

Let Go the Past

Perhaps the change you seek is to explore an alternate path from the one you’ve been on, and for possibly quite a while! It may be difficult to change your course due to the time and effort you’ve already invested and you just don’t want to simply walk away from it! Your commitment to your previous path although admirable, may be holding you back from making further progress or even reaching your goals! Let go of the past and focus only on the present and future because you can’t change what has already happened, you can only learn from it!

Take Action

Often times it is simply that first step that is the most difficult to take so be proactive when considering any changes! Once you’ve done your due diligence and determined the ‘new’ path you’re considering to be viable and an improvement over the path you’re currently taking, take action! By understanding that your new choice is the right choice for you, and of course that change can be good, go for it! Much like quickly removing a band-aid to minimize the discomfort, take swift and immediate action on changes you’re considering and before you know it, you’ll be glad you did!

Get Out of Your Own Way

Be aware of any self-doubt that lingers in your head and don’t let these feelings keep you from doing what you need to make improvements! Remember making changes is typically planned improvements from previous courses of action you had been taking so embrace it as such and move on, but don’t let your own self doubt sabotage your efforts to initiate any new plans! We all have internal conversations with ourselves, at least I do, it’s called self-talk and this ‘voice’ in our heads can be very critical at times! Don’t let your own self-talk, tempered by fear and/or doubt, to continue holding you back from taking chances or making decisions that could improve your circumstances or your life!

Dealing with change in any aspect of your life can be difficult simply because most people share a common fear of the unknown! Although this fear is understandable it can also be holding you back from developing further as a person or making other adjustments that may improve your current situation, be it personal or professional! Working through these fears does NOT have to be difficult and the 5 tactics discussed above will certainly help when you’re reluctant to making changes! The bottom line is this, although changes do represent the unknown, remember, change can be good, which is WHY you may be considering them in the first place! For things to change so must you otherwise expect and accept that things will remain as there are!

How Taking Risks Offers Huge Business Benefits

The biggest aversion people typically have towards taking risks is their fear of the unknown! This is especially true when you’re a marketer online trying to grow your business since any mistakes could cost you dearly from a financial point of view! On the other hand if you’re reluctant to step outside your comfort zone it’s unlikely you’ll experience any type of growth be it professional or personal in nature!

Let’s examine 5 ways in which you or your business benefits by your willingness to leave your comfort zone and try new things!

Personal Growth

Going outside your comfort zone is something most are reluctant to do primarily because it represents the unknown as mentioned above! Humans are much like ants insofar as they would rather stick to the ‘beaten path’ due to their familiarity with the route they’re taking and where it takes them! To disrupt this pattern or introduce change in any way holds the challenge and necessity of learning new things! The fact is that taking steps into unknown in most cases, offers many positives if only you’re willing to venture forth! The ‘value’ of this lesson encourages you to NOT shy away from change but rather to embrace it for the growth and opportunities it represents!

Sales Growth

The only way to grow your business is by taking measures to increase sales which could mean introducing new products or marketing strategies! In both cases, once again, we’re going in ‘new’ directions in terms of products being offered or strategies being implemented! Here too it will be necessary to test product demand and/or learn new strategies which will force you out of your comfort zone! On the other hand if you’re satisfied with the status quo you won’t need to encounter this challenge and likely won’t enjoy greater profitability or the confidence that comes with learning new skills!

Less Competition (Typically)

When it comes to being an effective marketer a great starting point is to explore new niches with profit potential! What you’re ultimately looking for is LESS competition in a market where people are spending money! Uncovering profitable niches absolutely requires you overcome your fear of the unknown simply because the more ‘unknown’ a niche may be, the less competitive it will be as well! Niche marketing is the very essence of change and if you plan to be successful using this strategy than change will have to be something that’s part of your comfort zone and NOT outside it!

More Changes Equals More Opportunities

Once changes are made we are now establishing a new ‘pattern’ of behavior with which we become increasingly more comfortable! Taking new paths or exploring new opportunities are things we no longer tend to fear thereby creating a greater awareness of the hidden opportunities all around us! Nothing taking risks 3invites growth, be it personal or financial, more than the willingness to take new directions with our strategies or thinking and to do so confidently! In this way you are simply expanding your horizons and thus your comfort zone!

Adapting to ‘Reality’

The fact of the matter is very little if anything ever stays the same in our lives or in the world around us! Having said that it only stands to reason that the more we accept the need to make changes the more we’ll be able to enjoy our own lives and experience greater prosperity! Whether you are trying to grow your business or yourself as a person, the best way to do so is by adapting to your ever changing environment! You can’t fight ‘city hall’ as the saying goes nor can you fight the dynamic nature of your very surroundings!

Taking risks is a necessary ‘evil’ when trying to grow your business online but sadly many are hesitant to do so due to their fear of the unknown! On the other hand staying firmly entrenched in your comfort zone allows for little or no growth whatsoever as discussed above! What you must accept in order to grow as a person or business is your comfort zone is NOT fertile grounds for growth but rather a state of dormancy! To really prosper one must be willing to ‘push the envelope’ and overcome their fear of the unknown by realizing this fear is based more upon discomfort and not necessarily danger!