Seasons of Change
It’s graduation season… Such an exciting time! Not just for the graduates, but also their family and friends. The accomplishments, the possibilities for the future, the relief!!… So much is wrapped up during this time. There is something significant about the onset of summer as well. It’s the end of beautiful springtime. It’s the beginning of summer. So much happens around this time; beginnings, endings, celebrations… It’s a season of transition!
Now your transition may not be a significant milestone like a graduation but it can be a time of reflection and a turning point towards who you are becoming. Frankly, this can happen at any time if you decide.
Season of Change, Growth, Opportunity
Change is scary for most people, and if we had our way we would remain in that comfort zone permanently. The familiar. On the other hand some people love it, because they know that it is during seasons of change that we grow.
As you grow through these uncomfortable seasons, remember that all of us are equipped with our own special gifts or talents. It behooves us to explore and zero in on what those may be. Sometimes through trial and error, sometimes through failure; but the goal is to keep pushing towards the beauty that is within us.
Who remembers the story of the 3 servants who were left in charge of their masters “talents”? The master went away and left in their care 5, 2 and 1 talents respectively. The ones who were given 5 and 2 went away, built on them and doubled the value. The guy who got one, took it, hid it underground.
When the master came back to get an account for the monies given to them he was pleased with the return he got from the servants who took risks and ended up doubling the value. To these men, he gave greater responsibilities; he promoted them. To the one who took the money and hid it underground, he was chastised for being lazy. His response was, “I know you are a hard man so I wanted to preserve what you left me.” In other words he didn’t want to risk losing it. He ended up losing the one talent he got to the guy who already had 10.
What’s the lesson?
No matter who we are, we are all good at something. It may not be what someone else is good at, but there is something in all of us. We should be building on the what we have been given in order to expand our talents; increase our value.
Season of New Beginnings
Even as the season is changing, we are all evolving and changing, daily. Spring or summer doesn’t happen overnight. It slowly evolves over time through a series of small changes. I say that to say that new beginnings do not necessarily mean that it has to take a big bang approach. New beginnings can happen gradually as well. What is your new beginning? How are you evolving?
Beginnings are opportunities to adjust and become. For some of us it’s picking up the pieces and moving forward, for others it’s starting something new, as terrifying as that may be.
3 Reasons Why Change is Good and You Should Embrace It
- It makes you smarter – Someone once said a mind stretched by a new experience will never go back to its original state. How true is that! Once you learn something new or experience something different, you can’t unlearn it or “unexperience” it.
- It keeps you motivated – Who doesn’t like the sense of accomplishment when you overcome a challenge or even succeed at it? When you do this, you are reminded that the possibilities are endless and it inspires you to move on to the next one. Change usually brings progress.
- It makes life exciting – Can you imagine doing the same thing over and over, year after year? How dull would life be?
Factors for a Successful Change
Here are some factors to consider when making a change. You will have more success if you take them into account.
- When the change is self-motivated
- When the change is rooted in positive thinking as opposed to guilt, fear, or regret
- When the goals are specific (i.e., I will walk one mile at least four days each week as opposed to I will exercise)
- When you limit your goals to a manageable number
- When you develop a practical, realistic plan for accomplishing your goals (If you work 100 hours a week, it’s unlikely that you will have the time to walk one mile at least four days a week.).
- When you incorporate avoidance of triggers in your action plan
- When you spend time with others who are positive role models for the change you’re trying to make (i.e., those who don’t have the habit or those who have successfully changed).
- Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/high-octane-women/201210/change-is-hard-heres-why-you-should-keep-trying
Change is hard, but it’s been done before. So go out there, go get it done! We’re in your corner.
Change is difficult, not changing is fatal – William Pollard
Please leave your comments below about any change you’re going through right now(if you care to share) and how you are transitioning through it. Looking forward to hearing from you!