How to Manage Change to Avoid Disaster
The concept of change is simple to comprehend. Things become different than they were before. We get older every second as our physical body changes in some way. We become a different person mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually as we experience life and the world around us.
We can usually adapt to minor changes in our lives without difficulty. When significant changes are coming or have already arrived, they can be hard to adapt to and accept.
There are two ways we can approach change. We can accept and adapt to it, moving on, or we can fail to adapt to it, and even fight it. Positive changes are easier to accept and embrace the challenges. If they are unexpected, it’s time to be thankful.
Ironically, change is something we can’t change.
If changes are expected, there is a sense of anticipation. If we are involved in implementing the change, we are energized, even anxious, to “make things happen.”
When negative changes occur, it’s easy for us to dwell on undesirable things that happened or could happen. Here are suggestions to help you maintain peace of mind and soul.
Instead of dwelling on the negative, identify the positives and accentuate them, keeping in mind they may be hard to find. Seek opportunities and take advantage of them.
Face your fears about what might happen. Don’t let them paralyze you and keep you from acting. Question your worries. Don’t accept them at face value.
Change your perspective, looking at the challenges from different angles. Try God’s perspective. Ask yourself how you’ll view the changes five or ten years from now.
Seek support if you need it. Don’t face the challenges alone. Your first source of support should always be God.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)
“Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.” Nolan Ryan
“Oftentimes God demonstrates his faithfulness in adversity by providing for us whatever we need to survive. He does not change our painful circumstances. He sustains us through them.” Charles F. Stanley