You know it, I know it, everyone knows that change is inevitable. We are born tiny, we grow, we learn, we are forced to do new things in new places with new people even if and when we’d rather not.
Pretty much every one of us has fought change at some point in our lives, if not at every turn.
If we seem to hate to change, why change it up? It’s good for you, that ‘s why. It might even make you richer. So go ahead, change something – on purpose – here are some things it will do for you along with some suggestions on what to change and what NOT to change (if avoidable).
Learning to manage change can lead to lower health care costs.
Practicing change and having the ability to welcome change may help reduce stress in your life. Stress causes all kinds of bad things to happen to your body.
WebMd, a doctor recommended health site, says in part that stress statistics show:
Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
When you instigate or welcome the change – you are in control, and you experience less prolonged stress. When I worked as a programer/analyst for TWA, I was forced by the company to change departments and I fought it hard. I put continual pressure and stress on myself because I felt that I didn’t control my life (can you guess, I’m a bit of a control freak). Yet, when I decided to leave that company and job hop to a higher paid position with a different firm, my stress at the change was much less and it lead to bigger and better rewards for me. I fought the first change and welcomed the second one.
Welcoming change can bring you greater opportunity to advance your business or career.
When you change, you learn and grow. Being better educated and more rounded helps you run your business more efficiently or leap to those next career opportunities at your job.
Change is the lifeblood of business. If you don’t change with the flow, your business will die and your job will evaporate. If you can see beyond the personal pain of the change and look for ways to make the change you are being forced to make work for you, the boss will be delighted.
Entire books have been published on how to get your staff to accept workplace changes. Most people don’t want things to change. When you make the change and make it work for yourself and the company, you shine. When you shine, you get good reviews, promotions and a bonus.
Making changes can give you a richer lifestyle as you age.
Most of us are destined to get old. Like it or not, as your body ages, you have to take care of yourself differently to get optimal life benefits. As a kid your body was largely self repairing, flexible, supple and growing in strength with time. By 40 and earlier, parts of our bodies are already on the decline. We become higher maintenance people to just stay the same. Just to avoid losing muscle, we have to exercise more. To keep joints working and limbs flexible we need to move and stretch more than we did before.
As you age, if you make the changes you need (such as a healthier diet and increasing amounts of exercise and brain training) you can mitigate the presumably inevitable aging changes occurring within you. By doing so, you can stay more active, feel better and remain self sufficient longer in your elder years.
Assuming you are convinced, what should you do? Here are a few suggestions on what to change and what not to change.
- Change your physical routines to include increasing amounts of movement and strength training. You may fight the extra time it takes, but if you look for opportunities to include the extra amounts in daily activities, the extra time won’t be as significant.
- Expect to be able to consume fewer calories as you age to maintain your ‘normal’ weight. Look for opportunities to better enjoy what you do consume.
- Vary your daily routine to do something unexpected (and hopefully fun for you) once in awhile. We all get stuck in the routines of our lives – whatever those are. Step outside the boundaries on purpose and do something different. It adds zest, even though it may be a bit uncomfortable the first time.
- If you have routines that are working for you – to make you wealthier, healthier, happier, don’t chuck them for new ones. Keep the old routines that work, but make new ones to proactively deal with change. To paraphrase the old girl scout song – one is silver and the other gold.
- Stress out about what to change.
- Make huge changes to your life without considerable forethought and consideration for others in your life. Just because you are embracing change doesn’t necessarily mean they are prepared to do so.
- Expect to be able to change without a bit of anxiety. A bit of stress can be good – it can spur us on to greater effort.
How has change made you richer?