Editor’s note: This article was originally published in January 2012.
Raise your hand if in the past year you went through any type of change—good, bad or otherwise. Just as I suspected….I am not the only one who has gone through some changes recently.
Change is inevitable. Some us get excited for change, some resist change and some avoid it for as long as possible, but ultimately change will come; and when it does we will have to learn to welcome it with a willing heart. If you want to join me in learning how do this, here are some insightful quotes, along with my thoughts on how they can help us welcome change this New Year.
“The key to change…is to let go of fear.” ~Rosanne Cash
In order to welcome change we must learn to face our fears and let them go. One question to ask ourselves is, “what is the worst thing that could happen if this change occurs?” Sometimes we ask ourselves that question and begin to realize that our worst case scenario really isn’t that bad. We realize that even if the worst were to happen, we most likely could survive it, and even use it to make us better.
Don’t let your fears stop you. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone if you want to live life to the fullest.
“We cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are.” ~Max DePree
I believe that each of us was created for a purpose, and that each day bit by bit we come closer to being who we are called to be. The only way that happens though is by changing. You are not the same person you were yesterday. What you saw, heard, and experienced yesterday has changed you. It might not be immediately evident, but over time you will start to see emerge a new person with new thoughts, new emotions and a new outlook in life.
Change allows you to become the best you possible. So when you experience change, be open to learning and asking, “How can I grow from this experience?” or “What can I learn from this?”
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” ~Richard Bach
I love this quote because it reminds me that during times of change we tend to focus on what we are losing or what’s ending. Instead look at the gifts you have been given and what is just beginning. Change isn’t so much about loss, but about possibilities. One of my other favorite quotes that relates to this is from Marilyn Monroe where she says that “sometimes good thing falls apart, so better things can fall together.”
Life doesn’t always go as we have planned, but I have come to learn that usually it turns out better than we ever thought if we just give it time and have a little faith.
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ~Maria Robinson
Let go of the excuses and know that each day is a brand new start. Whatever happened in the past, is exactly that—in the past. If you don’t like where your life is at right now, be willing to make some changes. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
So make today, the first day of the rest of your life by welcoming change.
“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” ~Chuck Swindoll
We cannot always control what happens to us, but we certainly have power over how we think about the situation we are experiencing. When you are going through a change, check your attitude. If you are being negative about the change, saying to yourself things like, “this will never work,” “it’s too hard,” etc., that is what you will feel and see. However if you change your mindset and start to tell yourself “this too shall pass,” or “I can do this with love and support,” you will start to see that even though the situation may not change itself, the weight of the situation will feel lighter.
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” –Jim Rohn
Let’s hope that 2012 will be your best year ever as you learn to welcome change with a willing heart and an open mind.
As an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Trainer with The Village Business Institute, Dawn Kaiser lives her passion–to energize, encourage and equip others to live their strongest lives now. She is a motivational speaker, writer, teacher, and positive-thinker extraordinaire. She draws on more than 12 years of experience in the Human Resource/Organizational Development field, a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of MN Duluth and a Masters of Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is also a certified HR Professional and a life-long learner.
Dawn is available to speak nationwide. For more info, visit Dawn’s website.