‘Change is a necessary part of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.’ – Unknown
It is in human nature to think that change is something bad or unnecessary and the biggest obstruction of our happiness but the truth is something completely different.
It is in human nature to be afraid of new things, new challenges and new risks but without it, we would never be able to evolve.
Change happens when we least expect it and no matter how hard we resist to accept and embrace it, no matter how hard we try to stay in our comfort zone, change will keep doing its job and it will influence our mind, body and soul.
Now, it is up to us whether we will choose to accept it as something totally unnecessary and destructible or something that influences our personal development and helps us grow.
In the last few years, I’ve learned that every change is a good change to a certain degree.
If you choose to embrace change and see it as a new opportunity, new experience and different perspective that shapes your being and helps you evolve, you will realize that change is necessary for your own well-being, success and happiness!
Every big change creates a disruption but it is a necessary disruption without which we wouldn’t be able to grow and reach our full potential.
Imagine that you’re living a ‘perfect life’ without any disruptions and you know exactly what to expect and when to expect it to happen.
It wouldn’t only be boring and monotonous but also you would never have an opportunity to test your boundaries, become more resilient and stronger, right?
That is the main reason why every positive change and negative change is necessary for growth and our personal development.
By embracing change, we’re allowing our future self to improve, shine and become bigger and stronger!
So, once you get the courage to pursue and embrace a change, you will experience the following benefits that will make your life so much better!
WHY CHANGE IS NECESSARY FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH
1. Every change teaches you something new
We often see every change as a bad thing but the truth is that every change teaches us something new and it is necessary for personal growth.
Change is the only constant and for the sake of understanding it more clearly, I’ll compare it with change management methods present in every organization as a part of human resource.
Let’s say that your brain collects your personal data (events and changes) and then creates a discussion network where everything gets sorted out and starts making perfect sense.
It is a process where you get to realize that every change has taught you something new.
Change is a process that helps you move on, understand your feelings better and improve your performance.
Change brings you tons of benefits, just like new technology and new products.
If we still had old phones in our hands, we would never be able to Tweet or share new posts with the world that are definitely worth sharing.
2. Change makes you more flexible
Every change (be it big or small) helps you easily adapt to new situations, new environments and new people.
It makes you flexible to every potential change in the future and as a result, it prevents you from getting stuck in the status quo.
When something unexpected happens, you won’t freak out or freeze because your brain has already learned how to deal with new situations and through every change, it just upgrades its knowledge.
Frequent changes delete every single trace of anxiety and stress when dealing with new life events and they make you more open-minded to and grateful for new experiences.
3. Change reinforces your life values
If our lives were constantly devoid of any type of change or ‘turbulence’, we would never be able to look at things from a different perspective.
We would be stuck forever in some kind of limbo where nothing ever changes and as a result, we wouldn’t be familiar with different outcomes and different life values.
But lucky us, for living in a world of continuous changes which help us weigh up our pros and cons, learn valuable lessons and, as a result, reinforce our life values.
We live in a world where we are given the chance to do things differently each time and implement knowledge shaped by our previous experiences.
4. Overcoming changes makes you stronger
I’m aware of the fact that this phrase will probably sound corny to many of you but what the hell: ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!’
I myself was a little bit skeptical about this one for years but it turned out that it is nothing but the truth.
Overcoming changes makes you ten times more resilient, flexible and stronger. How?
Because every change is like a mini battle that needs to be overcome, accepted and embraced in order to see the real beauty of it and reach your full potential.
5. Change leads to new opportunities and experiences
When I was about to move to a new city, I was frozen in my own body. I was going through multiple panic attacks on a daily basis and I couldn’t function properly.
But now I realize that it was the best thing I have ever done and I wouldn’t change anything.
Changing our paths and usual direction will open the doors to new opportunities and experiences and all we need to do is gather the courage and decide to embrace a new path instead of avoiding it like the plague or something destructible.
6. Change brings excitement to your life
I’m pretty sure that many of us are not even aware of the things around us until something changes.
Change brings excitement to our lives, a smile to our faces and the promise that we will never find ourselves being stuck in a rut.
And it doesn’t have to be a big change like moving to another city or similar.
Mini changes like rearranging your apartment, choosing a different path when going for a walk, trying new beverages, etc., will refresh your daily routine and teach you that there are tons of other things awaiting you to discover them.
7. Change equals progress
Take a look back at the past and think about your old self five years ago.
Do you notice how your personality, appearance and mindset have significantly altered? You have changed, right?
And all those mini and maxi changes are what made you who you are today.
Everything you went through is a result of becoming the person you’re ought to be. Change equals progress and progress equals personal development and growth.
Breaking up with a partner, leaving a job, moving to another city and similar all bring about new beginnings.
Closing one chapter means starting another one, often a more exciting one.
Change brings new beginnings, new promises, new perspectives and new reasons for happiness.
Change shapes your beliefs and mindset and it gives you an opportunity to make things right and learn from your mistakes.
Change is necessary for personal development and growth because without it, we wouldn’t be able to learn new perspectives and become stronger and wiser regarding our future choices.
Change is an inevitable part of our lives and the sooner we learn to embrace it and perceive it as something positive, the sooner we’ll start living the life we deserve.
‘The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.’ – Dan Millman, Way Of The Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives