3 Basic Principles You Must Know About Change

Seasons change. People change. Circumstances change. By the time we get comfortable in our current situation – a job, a school, a relationship, a church, a career path, a financial status, etc. – something happens, and we are propelled into a major change. Life is a stream of transitions: one change after the other.

Yesterday, I saw white powder coming down from the sky. Snow! In early October! That’s early. Not too long ago I was enjoying a magnificent, sunny and warm summer, and now it’s cold and snowy. Although cold and snowy is not my prefered temperature, I have learned not to make a big deal out of it because I realize that no matter how I feel about the weather, seasons change, and I can’t stop this process.

In this post, I want to share 3 basic principles I believe you must know about change. When you understand these, you’ll be more equipped to cope with change in your life. Until you accept these principles, change will frustrate you.

  1. Change is universal. Change is everywhere: the caterpillar becomes a butterfly; the baby girl grows into a woman; summer replaces spring… We all face change. Man like woman, rich like poor, tall like short, we all have to go through the seasons of change. The generations before us faced change; the ones coming after us will face it to. In a way this is reassuring because whatever change you’re going through, you’re not alone. Someone either has already gone through a similar change or is currently going through it. Either way, you can often find help, support, advice, coaching, mentoring – if you dare to ask.
  2. Change is inevitable. This ties in with the previous principle. Change is an intricate part of life. It’s inevitable. You can’t stop it. You can’t avoid it. You can’t escape it. When you attempt to remain cemented in your comfort zone, you run the risk of being floored by change, exposing yourself to needless grief and disappointment. Once you understand that change is inevitable, it helps you to be more realistic about your expectations in life, and makes it easier for you to accept, embrace, and prepare for it.
  3. Change can be beneficial. If you manage change properly, it becomes beneficial because it stretches you, forcing you to draw on your potential in new ways and pushing you to discover abilities that lay dormant in you. Growing means changing. It means facing new challenges, adopting new ways of thinking, developing new habits, taking new courses of action. In that sense, change is good – even desirable. Seek the opportunity for growth in every change you go through.

There is so much more to be said about change. That said, these basic principles are a good starting point. They are sobering principles we should all reflect on.

Questions: What do you find difficult about coping with change? You can leave a comment below.