By accepting that uncertainty is the only certain thing, you put yourself in a better place to potentially look forward to what will come with every change and use it to your advantage.
Remember that just because something is new, it isn’t necessarily big, bad, scary or wrong. Could this be the right time to take the dream course? Move country? Create a deeper connection to yourself or someone else? The possibilities are endless.
Of course, it’s not always easy. Adapting to a new situation takes a flash of courage, a dash of trust, a stroke of luck and, of course, a positive perspective. But by being adaptable, you can accept each situation for what it is, and become more open to growing in a way that wasn’t possible before.
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Look for opportunities
When change is in the air but you find yourself overly-focussed on possible problems or failure, consider the potential for possibilities and remind yourself there are always opportunities, too. To be positive, proactive and continually improving during these times can be a big ask, but the rewards are obvious.
Asking closed or narrowing questions can limit your options and leave you struggling to find a solution. Instead, try opening up your approach. Ask yourself, ‘What is most interesting/surprising to me about this situation?’ and, ‘What opportunities does this scenario bring my way?’. This way, you’ll open yourself up to what’s emerging during times of change.
Notice the mental and physical signs that support you to be your most adaptable self. Are you feeling negative, compromised or constrained? Is your blood pressure rising, or are you starting to stress out? Pause and take the necessary self-care steps to look after your mind, body and soul, whether this is going to a yoga class, enjoying a relaxing bath with a good book or setting aside some time every day to meditate.
Use your initiative to consider what skills, strengths and resources you can access to support you to move forwards more easily. Everyone craves the comfort and ease of the familiar, but it’s down to you to make the most of the situation you’re in.
Laughter really is the best medicine. It’s also a great way to embrace uncertainty and remain open to it, instead of fearful of it.
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