If you’re reading this with a “What’s in it for me?” attitude, you are not alone.
We rarely associate change with positivity, but you probably do associate change with impact.
Think about it logically: If things remain the same, there is no impact.
Envision a diagram with a straight horizontal line.
That is life without change.
Sure, you may minimize the risks, but you also minimize the successes.
With that in mind, here are some reasons why change is important and impactful.
Just like flowers need water to grow, you need change to grow.
With change comes learning and personal growth opportunities that will challenge you as a person for the better.
You’ll be pushed out of your comfort zone in the best way possible.
Do you know that feeling you get when you overcome an obstacle, and you are over-the-moon happy with yourself?
That’s a healthy dose of confidence that you will get when you pivot your life.
You’ll be able to look back on all the challenges you overcame and the great things you did, and you’ll celebrate.
That confidence is priceless, and it is inevitable with life pivots and transitions—especially when you tackle it all on your own.
Motivation is contagious.
It starts with one small win, and soon enough, you can’t get enough of it.
In the context of changes in life, motivation will come much easier to you because you will know what you’re looking for.
You’ll have more aim, and you’ll be so much more excited about potential pivots in your life.
It starts with a big one, and lucky for you, you’re already halfway there!
Resilience is a big deal, and for many, it’s highly underrated.
Being resilient means you won’t back down or give up when life gets hard.
And as you know, life isn’t always easy.
Being able to weather the storms that change brings, you’ll naturally become stronger.
We’ve talked about the harsh aspects of change or pivots in life, but there’s a whole world of confusion that exists in the realm of transitions.
Making changes in your life is exhilarating.
There are new people to meet, new places to go, healthy habits to develop, and things to learn about yourself.
Opens the Right Doors (and Closes the Wrong Ones)
More often than not, you decide to make a change because something isn’t going the way you want it to.
In a way, you’re trying to close a door that doesn’t seem like the right one for you.
When you embrace change, you commit yourself to closing all the wrong doors until you finally open the right one.
We can’t guarantee that it’ll happen on the first try, but rest assured, you will definitely be able to move on in your life when you’re committed to making changes.
Gives You a Story
Have you ever been asked, “What’s your story?” and had a hard time answering it?
That may be because you’ve hit a stopping point, and you are no longer a fan of your story.
Your story is uniquely yours and it should be exciting, happy, and… YOU.
The decision to pivot your life is a chance to rewrite your story.
You’re in the driver’s seat here, so when you get nervous about taking a chance and mixing things up, remember that you are the writer of your own story.
Like an athlete who stretches every day, your mental bandwidth will stretch as you put yourself up to the challenge of tackling new changes.
You’ll become more adaptable because you will recognize that change is constant, and life is fluid.
We can’t just hope that things will always be the same and that things will always be comfortable.
Instead, we’ll learn how to be flexible when things take an unexpected turn, which will help you at work, in relationships, and on a personal level.
Learn Your Strengths
In addition to becoming more confident, you’ll also learn a lot more about your strengths and weaknesses.
Pivoting your life takes a tremendous amount of introspection, and in those periods of self-reflection and learning, you’ll realize your strengths on a new level.
Any time you get sucked into a routine, you become wrapped up in your own bubble.
You may forget what’s going on in the world or what it’s like to go through a hardship.
This lack of compassion often goes hand in hand with a mundane, routine lifestyle.
Making a change does the opposite.
It gives you an appreciation for challenges and triumphs, and it reconnects you to the human experience—the good, bad, and the ugly of it.
In the long run, this compassion will help you and those around you.
Next week I will be covering “When is it Time to Change?” stay tuned…