Does the idea of a change in your life or career send you running for the hills? Do you get nervous; feel unsettled or anxious about change? Would you prefer that things just stay the same?

Well you are not alone. Millions of people feel the same way you do.

Why is Change so Difficult to Embrace?

Change often stirs up feelings of uncertainty, doubt, fear and trepidation. Emotions most of us don't like to experience very much. Change can be scary as it sometimes means you have to step outside your comfort zone.

People Love Sameness

Most people prefer sameness, routine, certainty and familiarity. Just think about organizations like McDonalds and Starbucks. Why are they so popular? What makes them so attractive and alluring? It's not their burgers and their coffees, it's because they offer sameness, a sense of security, safety and certainty within their environments. It doesn’t matter where you go in the world, you’re going to get the exact same cheeseburger from McDonalds and the exact same Chai Latte from Starbucks you bought yesterday, the day before that, and the day before that. Sameness makes people feel safe, secure and protected. We like knowing what to expect from our environment. It allows us to feel in control. But what do you do when change happens unexpectedly, outside of your control? How can you remain empowered during times of change?

How to Effectively Deal with Change

As you are reading this e-blast, I am speaking at a sales event where many changes have recently occurred within their organization. There have been changes to their reporting & payment structures, territory changes, staff, management and product changes. Below are some of the strategies I will be sharing with them that I’d like to share with you. Have a go at implementing one or all of these strategies into your life. Work towards learning to love change, to see it as a powerful blessing, an opportunity to grow, to evolve and to be the very best you, I know that you can be. Be grateful for change, without it we’d still be living in caves and grunting at one another.

Armstrong Strategy #1 - Accept Change is Inevitable.

The fastest way to embrace change is to recognize its going to occur whether you like it or not. Choose to see change in new and more empowering way. See it as an opportunity.

Armstrong Strategy #2 - Look for the Benefits.

Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of a change that might be occurring in your life or career, choose to focus on the positives that this change could bring you. Remember that you get in life what you focus on. If you focus on the negatives, you're going to attract those negatives to you. If you focus on the positives, you will attract positive outcomes to you instead.

Armstrong Strategy #3 – Reframe your Beliefs.

Make a list of what you currently believe about the change that’s occurring in your life or career. If, as you do, you find your beliefs limit you, then reframe (rewrite) your beliefs so they work for you not against you. Repeat your new set of beliefs to yourself on a daily basis. Here’s an example: Current Limiting Belief: I believe this change is going to cost me money and time and I won’t like it. New More Empowering Belief: I believe this change will invite new experiences that will bring me more money and give me more time. I’m going to love this new change.

Armstrong Strategy #4 – Let go of the Past.

Recognize that nothing in your life will ever stay the same. Based on the estimates of quantum biology, you have a brand new stomach lining every 4 days, new skin every 30 days, a new liver in 6 weeks, even the skeleton is replaced every three months. Change is inevitable. Your body is changing continuously as is your life. To embrace change more easily, learn to let go of the past. Be grateful for what was, then release it and move on.

Michelle Armstrong -

Author's Bio: 

Using the principles she teaches, Michelle went from being in an unsatisfying career, depression, frustration and $60,000 in the red, to a career she loves and is passionate about, and six figures in the black. A passion for helping others overcome the challenges she once struggled with, Michelle now teaches business professionals how they too can have a passionate and lucrative career they love by learning to increase their effectiveness.

Michelle is a powerful Business Effectiveness Coach and dynamic motivational speaker. She is the author of ‘Manage Your Mind, Master Your Life’ and creator of The Armstrong Method™ –6 revolutionary steps to success. She is the founder of Mind Management LLC.