Navigating Change

Change Is Inevitable
Life doesn’t follow a straight path. By nature change is something different, something unfamiliar. Major changes (such as a divorce, retirement, career change or an empty nest) can throw us off balance–even when we know the transition is coming!  And if the event elicits strong emotions, particularly anger, sadness or hidden fears, it can easily diminish our ability to think clearly. We struggle to move forward.

Navigating Emotions
This is a normal reaction. Even minor changes can interfere with our thought process if we get caught up in all the “what ifs” and fail to see the possibilities.

But every transition, big or small, must be navigated. You must first allow yourself to recognize your emotions and more importantly, validate these emotions. Rational or not, your feelings are real and meaningful to you. Denying them won’t bring you out of the crux any faster. Emotions can, however, hold you hostage, especially if they become your sole driving force. If you’re facing any major loss, or finding yourself in deep despair (severe anxiety, depression, etc.), seek a trained counselor or therapist to help you manage the loss.

Change & Growth
Thankfully most of the changes we face, while stressful, are not as catastrophic as we fear. At the end of the journey, the results often surprise us. And if you allow room for it, change can eventually lead to growth. Indeed, some of the most successful business leaders not only prepare for change, they welcome it—recognizing change is both inevitable and valuable.