Changing... Adapting...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Change happens, sometimes we have a choice and we choose to make change happen and sometimes change is somewhat ‘forced’ upon us.
We have three choices, deny it, resist it or go with it - with the eventual result being to adapt to it.

A few things to remember about change and adapting to change is that we will all handle change differently. Some of us will be able to go with the flow, others of us may wait and watch while the change happens. Some of us want to be involved in the change and try to organise how the change will happen and plan for the change. Others once again may feel the stress of the change and it may ‘numb’ us into doing nothing. All these are our ways of dealing with change. None of these responses are wrong – they are individual.

If you are considering change or considering changing something, there is only one thing that assists in our adapting to change and that is consciously making the decision. If you are ambivalent about the change, then it will hinder the ‘adapting’. If the change is forced on you, then attempt to ‘own’ it, you may be resistant at first but by opening yourself to the change you can plan and be involved in the change, thus strengthening yourself and allowing yourself the opportunity for growth.

Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, these are the moments when, because of a readiness within us and a collaboration with events occurring around us, we are forced to seriously reappraise ourselves and the conditions under which we live and to make certain choices that will affect the rest of our lives. - Frederick F. Flack

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