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Change is a good thing (usually)…

Posted by Michael Brown on April 12, 2005

People who’ve known me for a while know that one of my favourite sayings is “The one constant in life is that things change!”. No two days are the same, yet many of us have a “routine”; we try to make days run the same way every day. Why?? One reason is to impose a form of order on potential chaos, so that we have control over events or our environment. Another aspect of that caters to a more basic part of our pysche, the part that feels safe and secure in knowing what to expect from life each day. Raising my daughter is a perfect example; she’s a happy kid when she knows when she’ll be eating, when she’ll be playing, and when she’s going to sleep. She’s free to explore the world and develop because she knows what to expect each day, without worries about whether or not her basic needs will be met. Similarly, adults feel more secure when we know what to expect. When changes occur, we no longer know what is going to happen, and that scares a lot of people.

So, based on that, routine is good and change is bad, right? Well, yes and no. Routines are good. Routines help us to handle aspects of life, from basics like eating and sleeping, to more advanced concepts like work or school tasks. Routines help us impose order in our lives, and that helps us to achieve more than “the basics”.

But change is good too. Change makes us look at our routines, and make sure they’re still valid. “Stuck in a rut” is a routine gone bad. Change is an opportunity, a chance to evaluate what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Some good general questions to ask yourself when you’re facing change are:

  • Why am I doing this?
  • How will this benefit me / my family / my employer?
  • Is this the best way/tool to accomplish the matter at hand?
  • Is this consistant with my beliefs, values, or behaviours?

There are many more things to consider, but you get the idea. Change can be an opportunity, a chance to make the changes YOU want in your life.

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One Response to “Change is a good thing (usually)…”

  1. […] So, the next time you tell yourself that “I’m too old for this” or “this is too complicated for me to use”, don’t sell yourself short. Learning is a life-long skill that we have to practice in order to cope with change. Change, as I’ve written about before, isn’t easy, but it is a fact of life these days. We’ve seen more change in the last 100 years than humanity has seen in the last millennium, and that trend looks to be continuing. Our ability – and willingness – to learn new things is one way to handle this continual state of change we find ourselves in, and it empowers you to have more control over your future and your ability to deal with all this change. Change can be good, even though it may not be easy, and learning is closely related to change. The best way to handle it is to envision the outcome; what will I be able to do/accomplish once I’ve learned this, and how will it better my life or the lives of those around me? When you know what it is you want to accomplish, it becomes a lot easier to persevere through the process. […]

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