How to Improve Your Tolerance for Change

Posted on: July 25, 2021, by :

Change Can Be Intimidating

I know change can be intimidating. I want to give you four practical principles that you can use to help yourself become more comfortable with change. Keep in mind, when I talk about change, I am talking about major, unplanned change. What I am referring to are principles that you can use in any situation to help guide you in your transition.

1. It must challenge you to change you. When it comes down to it, so many of us allow our fear of change to dominate our actions. The fear of what might happen overshadows the possibility of what could happen in our minds. Growth comes from navigating through challenges. You must be willing to be challenged.

2. Change your thinking to change your circumstances. For many of us, we strive to keep things are they are—familiar, safe, and predictable—that is until we want to change. Once we have decided that we are ready to change, that is when possibilities become reality. It is up to you to decide that you are ready for change and that it is time for change to happen.

3. All significant change begins within. Now I understand that this may seem a bit limiting but it is quite empowering. Certain changes do occur that drastically alter life as we know it. We tend to be reactionary in these situations and strive to return ourselves to the circumstances that make us feel more comfortable. Significant change occurs when you decide to proactively pursue change, rather than simply reacting to what has occurred.

4. Do not underestimate your tolerance for ambiguity. This may seem daunting. I believe that by putting yourself in situations where outcomes are unknown you can benefit developmentally. Once you realize how capable and strong you are, you find yourself quite empowered. From the empowerment you gain the courage to withstand challenging circumstances and navigate through change.

I challenge you to develop a mindset that embraces change. You never know how rewarding and fulfilled your life can be until you do.

Need more support as you navigate through change?

In Disrupted: Four Strategies for Navigating Major, Unplanned Change, you’ll learn new ways for coping and getting your life back on track.