New beginnings are a very scary thing for most people. It is a time of change, varying from small to large, and with change comes adjustment. I think it is safe to say that humans are not too fond of adjusting their daily lives and routines even when it is warranted. We would much rather continue on the same path that we have been walking down for X amount of time than deal with the change and the anxiety that comes with it. Going through a huge life transition, like starting a new job, does permit an understandable amount of nervousness and anxiousness; however, it should not be enough to inhibit one from performing at their best.
But why is this true? As humans, we go through change all of the time, even new beginnings. So maybe, it is time to start finding ways to better adjust to change? We will all get a new job, new relationships and new experiences at some point in our lives, and probably more often than we like. I am sure there have been numerous times that we tell others to take on new situations by the horns, yet we cannot take our own advice to heart.
I found an article by MindBodyGreen that goes over “10 quotes meant to help us with the adjustment of endings and new beginnings”. I am a very big quote person, and find that words from others inspire me much more than the run of the mill advice. This is most likely due to that fact that I don’t like when someone tells me “I told you so.” Regardless, these quotes put into perspective that change happens, and with that we must remember to embrace it. My favorite quote was #2,
“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.”
This quote says everything I think we need to know about change; it is happening for us, not to us. We need to recognize that the changes and beginnings we experience are all meant to happen and will happen regardless if we want them, and our reaction(s) to them is truly the only thing we can change.
Tiny Buddha also posted an article on 6 lessons on embracing change, which seem to fall right in line with the quotes from MindBodyGreen. The 6 lessons are
- Reduce Expectations
- Acknowledge Change
- Accept Change
- Learn from the experience
- Recognize you’re growing stronger
- Embrace the wisdom.
Take a look at the 10 quotes and the explanation of each of these 6 steps, and see if any resonate with you. My hope is that they provide some insight and possibly help you on the road to adjusting and accepting new beginnings. To read one of our previous blogs describing the 6 stages of change, check out “How do humans change?“.
If you’re dealing with change or a new beginning, whether good or bad, remember that how you react to it impacts how it will turn out! If you are having trouble with change, beginnings, or life transitions, give us a call to set up a free phone consultation at Life Skills Resource Group Orlando at 407-355-7378. Our Orlando therapists and Orlando Life Coach are experienced in helping you work through the transitions of change.