It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. (Charles Darwin)
I speak a lot about setting goals, making plans, creating opportunities to make your life better.
How is that all going for you?
Have you sat and agreed with things I have said, thought, ‘yeah I must set some goals and create a plan’ but haven’t gotten round to it yet?
As humans we are conditioned to be happy with familiarity. Knowing what is going to happen, unpredictable is where most of us are content to settle.
How do you cope when things change?
I was having a moan early in the summer to my flatmate about the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow and about how it was going to be a pain in the arse with roads through the city being closed.
The thing that bothered me most is its going to be different, I was going to have to find different ways to get to my classes and I couldn’t predict how that is going to happen.
For 2 weeks the city was going to be unpredictable & busy.
Flipping the negative way of thinking, it’s going to be exciting… the city is going to be unpredictable and busy.
Turned out that the roads were quiet and there were no traffic problems at all, the city centre was buzzing with atmosphere and a great place to hang out for the 2 weeks… It’s mid-November now and I still miss it.
How often do you hear that there is going to be a change and the first thing you think is negative?
‘that’s not going to work’ ‘people won’t like that’
I was working in one of the colleges as they were going through a merger, it was a very negative environment to be in. At the end of the day the changes were happening, there was nothing any amount of hissy fitting or moaning would make a difference.
As Darwin says, adapting to change is how we survive.
Being more positive about the change will make your life less stressful.
Being less stressed will make you happier, help you make better choices, help you sleep better and keep your skin looking fresher and younger.
Embrace the change.
If you are making change for yourself, it will be to make your life better. If the change is out of your control, control what you can, and that is you and only you.
Have a good weekend