By Eliana Barriga
Publisher and Managing Editor for The Retail Observer
Why do we have such a hard time dealing with change? Well, it’s simply human nature. Change knocks us off balance and sends a signal to our brain to start adjusting. Sometimes these adjustments feel uncomfortable; especially if major changes occur over long periods of time. And since our brain expects things to stay the same, we’ve come to the belief that change isn't good.
However, look all around you... right now. Things are moving and changing everywhere. We live in a world of change. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus coined it perfectly, “The only constant in life is change.”
So what if we started looking at things differently? What if we lived in a constant state of understanding that things will and do change, and begin to trust that we can and will adjust as we need to? So, instead of looking at change as stressful and doing everything possible to avoid it (you know who you are), if we begin to look at change as part of our day-to-day lives and embrace it, we eventually may even get to the point where we look forward to it.
I’ve got some great news for you! Science tells us that we can do just that! We can reprogram our brain and belief systems so that the adjustments that change brings no longer cause us stress.
So, next time you’re faced with change that you feel is stressful, embrace it and ask, “How can we adjust and benefit from this change?” instead of, “How can we maintain what we have and keep things the same?”
Until next time,