How Do You Deal With The Challenges of Change?

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There's a popular saying that ... "nothing is guaranteed in life except death and taxes". But I'd like to add one more item, and that is Change!

Change not only happens constantly, it seems to happen faster and faster. Have you noticed? Change is one of the biggest challenges a person will face until they learn how to deal with it.

So, how do you deal with changes in your life, circumstances or personally? Any thoughts, ideas or opinions?

For example, personally I try to stay flexible, informed and alert to people who are adaptable and learn from their example. What say you?
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    I say, "The only constant is change."

    You don't have to pay your taxes and eventually even they go away and some people don't believe you ever really die.

    So the only thing that is certain is that things will change.

    Like most people, change is a bit of a challenge but having been through so much, I am more able to adapt easily now then when I was younger. I often remind myself of the serenity prayer, change what I can, accept what I can't change and be wise enough to know the difference.

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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Originally Posted by TopKat22 View Post

      I say, "The only constant is change."

      You don't have to pay your taxes and eventually even they go away and some people don't believe you ever really die.

      So the only thing that is certain is that things will change.

      Like most people, change is a bit of a challenge but having been through so much, I am more able to adapt easily now then when I was younger. I often remind myself of the serenity prayer, change what I can, accept what I can't change and be wise enough to know the difference.

      :-)
      Being able to adapt to change as you get older is a good place to be in. Most people deal with an opposite circumstance. The younger they are the better they can adapt and the older they get the less flexbile they are to change. That's what I want to be like when I grow up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    A tree goes with the seasons and stays strong because of deep roots.

    After a certain amount of time in "The University Of Hard Knocks" you become stronger to deal with "change."
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  • Profile picture of the author TrishOleary
    I used to hate change and avoided it at all costs. One day a very dear friend of mine told me about a book called Who Moved My Cheese, it was hilarious and awesome!

    I keep that silly little book on my desk as a reminder and it truly has changed my feelings about change.

    I think anyone who has any issues with change should read it.

    Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Originally Posted by TrishOleary View Post

      I used to hate change and avoided it at all costs. One day a very dear friend of mine told me about a book called Who Moved My Cheese, it was hilarious and awesome!

      I keep that silly little book on my desk as a reminder and it truly has changed my feelings about change.

      I think anyone who has any issues with change should read it.

      Cheers
      I've been seeing that book in bookstores for years, but have never picked it up, maybe this is a sign I should next time. Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jarrod
      Originally Posted by TrishOleary View Post

      I used to hate change and avoided it at all costs. One day a very dear friend of mine told me about a book called Who Moved My Cheese, it was hilarious and awesome!

      I keep that silly little book on my desk as a reminder and it truly has changed my feelings about change.

      I think anyone who has any issues with change should read it.

      Cheers
      Trish, I tell you, you and I are in sync! Earlier this evening we were typing about Og Mandino at the same time. I just clicked on this topic and was immediately thinking of "Who Moved My Cheese" and was going to suggest it, but you beat me to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author bensonenterprise
    Ahh the big "CHANGE" for me...honestly for the longest time to feared change like some people fear the dentist. Especially when the change had to do with my income. The funny thing was the more afraid I was of change the more things changed in my life.

    Once I realized that my outlook on change was flawed I started to see how I was creating all this negative change in my life instead of positive changed. It took me sometime but eventually I started to view change as a positive thing and once I did that more positive change started to come into my life.

    Change in my opinion and based on my own experience happens all the time whether you choose to view it as a positive or a negative is what will make the biggest difference in how you handle that change.
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  • Profile picture of the author Top Dog Marketer
    Over time, with a lot of will power and a change in mindset, I have learned to embrace change with a positive attitude rather than fear it.
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  • Profile picture of the author clr06160
    Just accept it and it makes it easy
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    • Profile picture of the author JasonChoi
      Originally Posted by clr06160 View Post

      Just accept it and it makes it easy
      Totally agree! One major problem people have is their unwillingness to accept what is. Once it's accepted, life literally feels easier.
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      • Profile picture of the author abundantlife
        If you don't do anything change will happen to you. The wonderful part about being human is that if we want to we can manage the changes to move us in the direction of our dreams.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmiezejeski
    Always remember that the effect of every change in life that you encounter is your choice! You can choose to either react or respond to change. If you react (get upset, protest, make threats, etc.) you achieve nothing. But if you respond by taking action that you know will help you achieve happiness through the change, you will be fine! As the old saying goes, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade."
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  • Profile picture of the author danstelter
    I just try to accept what's happening, even if it's not going my way. Somehow, I believe God has a grand master plan, and if I just follow it, things will be all right.

    When change is not exactly going my way, I've learned that it's important for me to learn from this situation what I can now because somehow down the line it will benefit me and make life better. I can also use the new knowledge gained to help others around me.

    Things may be difficult at times, as they are now, but they're never as catastrophic as I believe they're going to be.
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  • Profile picture of the author peterj
    Yeah!

    Change, the only constant.

    Resistence is futile.

    Enter its flow.

    Then take it where you want to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author roseca
    i except it with full of heart...and try to change myself according to the changes.
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  • I think acceptance is the biggest thing one can do. But your right it seems to accerate as you get older. I think being busy speeds all that up. It's important to have time in life where you take things slow so you reflect about the past and plan for the future
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      A good variety and mix of answers in this thread.

      But they all seem to have one thread (pardon the pun) of truth in them all ...

      ... "The best way to deal with change is to have a philosophy toward dealing with it. Whatever it may be."

      Good answers so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author perfectlovehere
    The best way to deal with change is to adapt. A really good quote is, "After hardship will always come ease." So long as someone keeps this in mind, it should make it much easier for them to deal with inevitable changes.
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  • Profile picture of the author EFTCoachJane
    I just keep telling myself that something good is happening regardless of the appearance of things. It's amazing. Sometimes, even when the situation doesn't look that good to me at the time. something good comes almost immediately. If not, I know it's coming and it does.

    I also find that it helps to think that the story is not over yet when it doesn't seem to be turning out the way I'd like. Then it changes!
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  • Profile picture of the author localvseo
    Rather than change, I try to focus on evolving. For me change indicates you need to make some sort of huge u-turn or new course to achieve a goal. Rather, by evolving, you can take the cumulative experiences you have had over your life and figure out a way (either professionally or personally) to figure you what the next logical progression is.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kaysa
    Yes, Change will always be a constant in everybody life.

    The best way to deal with change is to accept it with a positive mindset.
    Things always can be better and if you like what you see, it will be better.
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    • Profile picture of the author brightmarketing
      Change is definitely scary. After all, it's the unknown.

      I think being able to accept that change is coming, no matter what, so long as you're alive is a big key to dealing with the challenges of change.

      That, and being able to continually motivate yourself to keep moving forward.

      A favorite quote of mine is from Zig Ziglar:

      "Some people say motivation doesn't stick. Well neither does a shower-that's why we advise you to take one everyday."
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  • Profile picture of the author SamJo
    Change is the only constant. The experience of struggle only comes from not accepting the fact that change is the only constant. Ride it like a wave.
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  • Profile picture of the author JingQuimPo
    The constant changes of life reminds us we are alive. Without it, we might as well be dead.

    and here's a chinese proverb for change.
    "Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still."

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  • Profile picture of the author skyseer
    I think all of us know that the only constant is change. Then, I come across this meta-physics guy on Youtube :-) He is supposedly an alien coming to Earth to wake us up. He talked about 3 immutable constants:
    1. You exist, and you are here. (something like that)
    2. We are one, and one is all.
    3. What you give out is what you get back.
    I am just glad that despite change being a constant, there are other constants as well if you believe what he is saying... ;-)
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Originally Posted by skyseer View Post

      I think all of us know that the only constant is change. Then, I come across this meta-physics guy on Youtube :-) He is supposedly an alien coming to Earth to wake us up. He talked about 3 immutable constants:
      1. You exist, and you are here. (something like that)
      2. We are one, and one is all.
      3. What you give out is what you get back.
      I am just glad that despite change being a constant, there are other constants as well if you believe what he is saying... ;-)
      That's a good point. Although change can sometimes make us feel unstable, life provides other constants that can help us feel grounded. Like family, friends, knowledge, wisdom, love, self reliance, peace of mind, faith and hope to name a few.
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