Saturday, 17 December 2016

Dealing with Change

Dealing with change is something that, historically, I've found pretty easy. I believe that this is because I've usually felt like I have little to no choice in whether this change happens and because the periods when the changes have occurred are at 'natural' times. For example, leaving my university life behind when I finished my degree. This involved a lot of upheaval as I had to uproot and move across the country and start proper 'adult' life.

But what about when there isn't a natural break and change hits you like a brick wall? Yesterday, I officially left my rewarding, gratifying job that I have been in since June 2015. I have been working as a Job Coach for young people with disabilities and it's been a great experience which I will always value. However, although my role was fulfilling for me because I was helping others to achieve their goals and become independent adults - it was time for me to progress.

I made the decision to move on to a new role by balancing out various factors.. it took me a long time to come to the decision. Having a completely open choice to bring something to an end or not is a powerful thing and I found it difficult.

Leaving behind something amazing and entering into the unknown is naturally going to produce feelings of unease but if we never choose to move on as we adapt and improve our skills then we will eventually stagnate.

Most decisions in life are going to be messy and unclear though, and the important thing is to own that decision and stand by it. There is not one linear route in life which you have to take and ultimately you would not be seeking that change without good reason. 

So, people - don't doubt yourselves! Empower yourselves to embrace change, even if it's change that you're making for yourselves. You will be stronger when you reach the other side of that change, confident in the knowledge that you can do it.

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