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How to Prepare for Change…-It is inevitable

We all face change at one point or the other in our life. Some changes are initiated by us and we love it and are expectant of it and enjoy the preparations that are involved in making it happen. On other occasions, change can be very distressing. Usually occurring without warning, we are usually unprepared for it. We can feel quite disorientated when change is unexpected and it can produce physical reactions we may feel we have little control over.

Facing unplanned change with a prepared mind helps to re orientate life even when it seems to be out of our control. If we accept that change is inevitable, we see the sense in thinking about and preparing to deal with it well ahead of when it actually happens. It also helps us reflect on how we will deal with our responses when faced with stress and change.

Taking the time to plan and prepare for change is not inviting fate, but facing reality People who work in occupations that involve dealing with sudden unexpected emergencies, are in a state of readiness at all times. They learn to anticipate all possible scenarios by learning how to deal with them before they occur. They learn how to prevent the situation or minimize its harm, and they learn to enact certain actions when these events do occur.

Let us learn from some great quotes on change befor we proceed with the different ways to prepare for change.

Quotes on Changehow to prepare for change


“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance”.

Alan Watts


“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road”.

Stephen Hawking


“There is nothing so stable as change.”

Bob Dylan


“To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.”

William James


“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of”.

Jim Rohn


“Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.”

Soren Kierkegaard


“Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly”.

Francis Bacon


“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.

Wayne Dyer


“There is nothing permanent except change”.

Heraclitus


“We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.”

Edmund Burke


“If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves”.

Carl Jung


“It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be”.

Isaac Asimov


“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something”.

Steve Jobs


“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

Winston Churchill


“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading”.

Lao Tzu


“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”

Carl Jung


“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom”.

Confucius


“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Barack Obama


“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude”.

Maya Angelou


“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.

Mahatma Gandhi


How to Prepare for Changeprepare for change


  • Face the Reality. The world as we see it today has changed due to Covid-19. Things have definitely changed. The way we relate with each other. There is also change in our official life, jobs will change and lost and it is best we all accept the reality of the present and change for the future.
  • Plan for the change. We gain valuable insight into how to prepare for change by learning how to apply approaches to potential change and stressful situations from people who work in emergencies. The higher the risk of something happening, the more we should anticipate it likely to happen. People living in areas where there is a high risk of a natural disaster occurring, prepare for its inevitably, by preparing their surroundings each year and psychologically being ready for it. Also, having a plan B while having a plan A is a good way to plan for change.
  • Learn to manage your motivation. We can learn to manage our responses and thoughts in times of minor changes and challenge. As we do this, we are providing ourselves with invaluable training. Learning how to deal with the many minor challenges and changes we face daily, will help us to develop the skills to deal with the unexpected major ones. Being psychologically prepared for change is possible. Although it is impossible to know what it will be like to face being a parent for example, we can prepare ourselves by reading and identifying possible areas of concern we may personally face in our new parenting role.

Change creates new possibilities, challenges and confusion as well. When change outside our control occurs, we must embrace it; using the quote from Maya Angelou, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude”. In this uncertain time, make effort to adjust your attitude to the reality, go back to the drawing table. Begin again gradually, tap into the benefit of your loved relationship for motivation and know that success in the new reality is gradual but learn to celebrate your little progress along the way.

Thanks for reading and kindly leave your comment below and share with someone.

Cheers,

Joseph.

Joseph@ideasforboom.com

 

Joseph

Professional Accountant finding fulfillment in helping people develop their capacity and become the best they can be through simple Life Enriching Ideas. The secret of all round growth is to become more valuable.

16 Comments

  1. The only thing that is for sure constant in this world is that it will keep changing. The human race has done very well with this in my opinion and will continue to do so, adapting and learning to a new environment. 

    We need more information like this in the world, thanks for helping increase awareness. 

    Love the quotes!

    • Thanks Duni. I agree with you that the human race have done well in changing and adjusting to change especially within the last century. The growth in technology shows how far we have changed. I also think that the speed of technological change is the cause of new changes in climate. This is another new challenge facing mankind before Covid-19 emerged. Change is constant. Thanks for your contribution. Cheers

  2. Hi Joseph,

    If there is one thing that is constant, it is certainly change. It is often not anticipated, and right now humanity is experiencing a big change. Some are dealing with it pretty well while others are having trouble with it. We are all different, but it is as Maya Angelou said, “if you can’t change it, change your attitude,” and I do not always see that happening, myself included. But at least, I am aware of it and try to work on my attitude when I am guilty of having a bad attitude 😉

    I liked Stephen Hawking’s quote of the ones who still look before crossing the street 🙂

    • Thanks Christine. It is not easy to adjust to change or to accept change because it is human nature to stick with the known rather than the unknown. We are all guilty. I loved the quote by Stephen Hawking’s too. We all have part to play in our life, at least we are in charge of our attitude towards change. Thanks your feedback. Cheers.

  3. Hi Joseph,

    What a great article, especially during these difficult times.  I enjoyed all of the quotes that you included, and I think the quote from Maya Angelou resonated with me the most.  Many of us can quickly adapt to change, and others have a difficult time with it, that’s why I love that quote because if we can’t change something we must change our attitude.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Jenny.

    • Sure Jenny. The article is timely at this changing time. The quotes are powerful and aid our understanding of the subject matter. I appreciate your visit to my site. Cheers

  4. Thanks alot for this wonderful and motivating article.i really love it.it made me understand so many things on how to prepare for change.change is inevitable.change creates new possibilities for new things in life.when we are preparing for change we have to creat a list of positive outcome to help us with-hold change.thanks once more.

    • Thanks Marthagirl. The article help to remind us that we need to recognize that change is constant and we must move on with life. Thanks for your comment

  5. Hey nice article you have there about change. Change which is seen as the only constant thing in life. Overtime people seems to have some misconception about change. Some wants a change, they put the necessary machinery together and initiate the change others want a change, they relent doing nothing, thinking everything will take is natural course to change.

    • Hello Edahnewton. It is very true that change is misunderstood by people despite the fact that it is constant. This is because of the uncertainty that it brings. People are usually more comfortable with the known situation rather than with the unknown that comes with change. Thanks.

  6. Hello, thank you so much for this very inspiring post on How to prepare for change, it is very important to know that change is something that we must prepare for, because it goes a long way in affecting our life and our relationship with other people either positively or negatively depending on how we prepare and receive change. Thus the subject of change cannot be really overemphasized. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hello Jomata, thanks for your feedback. It is true that preparation for expected change is key to our growth. Some change are usually unexpected and we have to adjust our attitude to cope with them. Great contribution. Cheers.

  7. Tremendous article on change, its true that change is inevitable in our lives, we are only afraid of embracing certain changes because we are scared of the impact it will make in us, just like in an organization when we get promoted we may be scared if we could accomplished the aim of our new position or not and this could make you to embrace the change or reject it…these are quite a number of good quotes that will help us embrace changes… Thanks for the informative article and I wish to see more from your blog

    • Hi Evans. Thanks. We have doubt about what we are not used to. When change comes, we doubt if we can excel or not. That is where self motivation comes in to encourage us to keep on. Change occurs all the time. That is the reason this article is a good one to remind us about it. Please visit the site often for great inspiration. Cheers.

  8. This is a very educative and inspiring quotes. The article and its timing is equally important and the relevance global. Great effort and deeply appreciated. Thanks Chilakah Joe.

    • Thanks so much sir. I am highly grateful for your words of encouragement. Change is inevitable and it is with us already. Please visit often for more good articles. Thanks.

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