The Never-Ending Cycle of Change

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Change is a constant in life. Sometimes we’re swamped by negative changes: financial issues pop up, friends move, or loved ones pass away. Sometimes we’re even anxious about positive changes like: marriages, new jobs, or the start of a new year. In the end, there’s nothing you can do to avoid change; it will always challenge you, and regardless of how well you try to prepare yourself in advance, there will always be new changes just over the horizon. One of the healthiest things you can do in life is work to accept change with grace, adapting however possible, and by anticipating future changes with hope. 

How Change Affects Our Stages in Life

At any given moment, we fall into one of three traffic-light-colored stages. Maybe you’re “red”, in a state of crisis and need support to work on a major issue. Maybe you’re “yellow”, hanging in there, but you know there’s work to be done in specific areas of your life. Or maybe you’re “green”, in a great place, with room to work on personal growth and improvement. No matter the circumstances, your life will never be in a place where you’re able to stop change from coming. Although bearing with change is tougher when you’re already in a difficult position, it’s important to stay positive and keep moving forward toward achieving your personal goals.

Accepting New Changes

When change comes, try to accept it with grace and positivity. This is true whether the change is negative or positive, but it’s especially important with negative changes. Regardless of the type of change, you should allow yourself the freedom to be emotional in the moment; as long as you don’t let knee-jerk reactions get out of control, it’s okay to be afraid, to grieve, or to get angry. Let yourself feel and process these emotions, and then work on moving forward. Always remember that even though our lives are constantly changing, we have the power to decide how we respond to these changes.

Adapting to Change

When you’ve accepted the change in your life, it’s time to adapt. Reach out for support when you need it, and remember that you’re not alone, even if you feel like the change only impacted you personally. Others in your life will understand what you’re going through, empathize with you and want to support you on your journey. Talk to friends and family, counselors, and support groups, and make a plan to move forward. Don’t forget that you can handle anything! Humans are problem-solvers with an incredible ability to adapt to any situation, so trust yourself to follow through with your plan to adapt.

Change may be a constant in life, but knowing how to accept it and adapt to it is crucial. These skills allow you to look toward the future with hope, put things in a positive perspective and focus on what’s most important in this stage of your life.

Am I Ready To Be An Entrepreneur?

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It’s easy to become an entrepreneur these days, at least in theory. All you need is an idea; and modern technology simplifies the rest. It’s possible to start a business without renting space, hiring staff, or even leaving the financial cushion of your nine-to-five. 

But entrepreneurship is a momentous new stage in life. New businesses always pose challenges, and if you aren’t prepared for the mental toll, you might find yourself struggling to stay afloat. How can you tell if you’re mentally and emotionally ready to take the plunge? Here are a few questions you should ask yourself first.

1. Do you have a strong “why”?

Many people start their own business because they want more out of life than the tedium of their nine-to-five. You may feel driven to fulfill a larger purpose, or you may have a strong desire to serve a specific audience—and emotionally speaking, your current role simply isn’t cutting it for you. Starting your own business, with a purpose in mind, can help you move forward; giving you the stable psychological foundation to chase your goal, even when the going gets tough.

2. Are you afraid of failure?

There’s a chance of failure in any endeavor you undertake, and the only way to do yourself justice is to mentally prepare yourself for it. Entrepreneurs in particular, need to be ready to accept this kind of risk. The best entrepreneurs are the ones who are emotionally prepared to move forward despite the risk of failure; bearing the mental resilience to try a new approach when problems arise, rather than throwing in the towel.

3. Is now a good time to start?

Be careful with this question: it will never feel like the “perfect time” to take a risk, but it can often be worth waiting for a moment when you’re psychologically prepared. For example, if you have dependents relying on you for support, or if you or a loved one has health issues, it might not be the best time to put yourself under additional strain. Consider your own mindset and emotional needs before you add the challenges of entrepreneurship as well.

4. Do you already have a plan in place?

Planning in advance is a great way to calm your anxieties over getting started, and to put you in a better place mentally, as you take your first steps. Are you stockpiling savings? Do you have a business plan in mind? Do you know how the work will fit into your schedule? Mental discipline is critical for entrepreneurs, and a little extra planning on the front end can help ease some of the psychological strain associated with your new business.

5. Do you know how you’ll ease the stress of your work?

The stress of entrepreneurship, especially in the early stages of your business, can strain your relationships and mental health. As you move forward, make sure you have habits in place to help ease the strain. Strategies like meditation, mentoring, and therapy can help you find productivity and clarity as you move forward.

As I mentioned earlier, you’ll never be 100% prepared to take the plunge; and it’s important to consider how your new business will impact your emotional and psychological well-being. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t ready to get started! If you’re confident with your answers to the questions above, then approach your small business plan with this mindset and start a plan for your success!