Change is necessary for growth. What would happen if everything in your life stayed the same? You wouldn’t find new ideas, your business would stagnate, and you would get stuck in a rut.
To be successful, you often need to take calculated risks. To take risks you need to be open to change. Variety in life brings excitement and is a breeding ground for inspiration, innovation, and a higher level of creativity.
Are you a natural at embracing change, or do you cringe at the thought of even the slightest change? Here are some tips that will help those of you who shy away from anything other than your daily routines.
Start small. People who embrace change are naturally drawn to different things. If you are not the type of person who tries new foods regularly, or likes to visit new places, you may find it difficult to appreciate. Think about whether you may be holding on to your routines because you are afraid of the unknown.
You can start to embrace change by making small changes in your personal and professional routines. Take a different route tomorrow when you drive to work. If you have a toast and eggs for breakfast, occasionally eat a bowl of cereal instead. Small changes are easy for anyone to take.
Get excited about the possibilities. People who love change anticipate the possibilities that come from it. Instead of fearing the worst, they expect the best and look at change as a fun adventure. This translates to the business world, too.
Even though the way you do things may work well, there could be better ways. Embracing the possibilities also opens you up to new ideas. Look for better ways to do what you do and your attitude toward change will transform into a positive one.
Stay open to new ideas. People that fear change often shoot down ideas without even considering them, which makes it hard to be creative. When you open yourself up to change, you make room for a higher level of creativity and inspiration. This can translate into a new level of ideas for your business.
Be more spontaneous. People who love and embrace change are naturally spontaneous. If you would like to be more spontaneous, try this simple trick. Schedule half an hour of open time each day to do something different from what you normally do. It doesn’t matter what it is, just don’t write it down on your schedule ahead of time. Figure it out only when that moment arrives.
I know that scheduling time to be spontaneous seems like an oxymoron, but it is a safe way to approach it. You can do whatever comes to mind in that half hour. If you don’t feel like doing anything, don’t worry. Doing nothing is still something!
You can nap. Go for a walk. Ride your bike. Draw a picture. Read a book. Jump rope. It doesn’t matter, as long as it is something different than what you would normally do at that time.