Motivational speaker Amy Dee’s blog
I’ve lived in Norway, SD, ND, and now MN. I once ran a non-profit, then owned a calendar business, later became a psychiatric RN, and now am a full time funny motivational speaker. I’ve married twice. My father died two years ago, and my best friend died last November. I have experienced lots of changes. Some transformations I welcomed, and some I fought hard to avoid. Every turn strengthened my resiliency muscle.
People deal with change differently. Change pessimists see change as stressful and exhausting. They worry that they won’t be able to cope and consider themselves unlucky when change happens. They see little benefit from a change.
Change optimists accept change as a natural part of life. They see it as an opportunity to grow. They believe in their ability to deal with change and look for the positives aspects of change.
Good news! You can improve your ability to change by transforming your beliefs.
Beliefs, habits, and responses are like cross-country ski paths. We ski in the tracks because it is most comfortable, but with effort, we can cut a new way.
You can strengthen your resiliency muscle by recognizing your pattern of beliefs.
Think about a change you are experiencing. What are your beliefs about this change? Perhaps you feel cynical about it thinking: “This is exhausting.” or “This is stupid” or “I hate this change.”
Now, think like a change optimist. Transformation excites you. You feel invigorated by the challenges. You are excited to see the growth this change will bring to your life.
Exchange your negative statements for positive statements i.e., “I am resilient and will handle any change that comes my way.” or “Change invigorates and excites me.” or “Change is a part of life, and some good comes from all change.” Seek the lesson a variation will give you. Concentrate on the strength you will receive. Remember, past changes you adapted to. Celebrate this opportunity to grow.
You choose which thoughts you will pay attention to. With diligence and practice you can become a change optimist.