Accepting Changes in Life And Moving Forward
Accepting changes in life and moving forward can sometimes be challenging. Losing a great job, a spouse, family member, friend, or love relationship can turn our lives upside down. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut or even in a downward spiral.
Looking back on our lives, we can see how the significant changes we’ve experienced become touchstones and turning points in our lives. Most often for the better. There’s only one way back to normalcy, and that’s accepting change as part of life, letting go, and moving on.
We learn much more about who we are after significant life changes. We better understand what we want and what direction to go in our lives.
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“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
Martin Ward | February 8, 2022
Why it’s important to accept changes?
We all need to have a presence of mind and the capacity for accepting changes in life because no one can hide from them. Change is the one thing we can be certain will happen in our lives.
Even when these changes may be devastating for us, we must learn the art of embracing change as a part of life.
Change can be a beneficial, transformative, and of course, a problematic part of our lives. For the sake of our emotional and spiritual growth, we must learn to accept change.
The acceptance process can begin before, during, or after a change occurs.
Learning and practicing acceptance when you sense or expect a change might be coming will give you the chance to gain new perspectives for dealing with it.
When change happens without any warning, all you can do is get through the initial trauma, keep breathing, and put one foot in front of the other.
We need to remember bad things happen, and these emotional, gut-wrenching, life-altering changes take time to process and heal. And acceptance is the key to healing.
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” —Jim Rohn
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Staying mentally strong through change
There’s a fabulous book by Amy Morin, a Psychotherapist and editor of the blog site Verywell Mind. Amy is also an author of four great books, including the one I’m suggesting here, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.
In the introduction to her book, Amy talks about significant changes in her life with the sudden loss of her mother at the age of 51 and the sudden loss of her husband, Lincoln, at 26, just three years later.
Amy has an excellent Ted Talk (view below) about how bad mental habits or those unhealthy limiting beliefs we have about ourselves can keep us stuck and hold us back in our lives.
Your past life experiences dealing with change can kick in when you face a new choice or challenge with change.
Through experience, you can begin the process of acceptance much quicker as you’ve become stronger through the process of change. You’ve become stronger because of those significant changes.
We’re never in control of anything except our thoughts and actions, so here is where you can let the “why” in changes go.
When you learn that you have no control of change after it happens, you can “let go and let God,” as they say.
Mentally strong people have learned acceptance. And they understand there is nothing they can do about a change that’s already occurred. You can continue to beat yourself up over something that’s over and done.
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
— Lao Tzu
Why is accepting change so hard?
Change is hard but necessary. We can get too comfortable and set in our routines, and we don’t like to deal with the stress and anxiety that change can bring upon us.
However, change that’s hard makes us stronger, more resilient people, and able to push through life’s difficulties. Adjusting to the changes that life throws at us forces us to become more productive, happier people for our families and friends.
As hard as change may feel for us sometimes, the hardship created by significant change makes us better people and leaders for our families and friends.
Being an experienced change ninja will help you help others through the challenges that major changes in their lives create.
With this experience, we can see why change is easier for some people.
We see how great leaders in both large companies and governments worldwide have become much better at handling the anxiety and stress brought on by continuous change as they navigate through them.
“Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.”
— Anthony D’Angelo
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Why is it important to embrace change?
Embracing change positively is not easy for everyone. But the more you learn to embrace the changes you face, the more joy, happiness, and peace you will find in life.
You can count on change constantly coming your way, so it’s best to accept and embrace it and keep moving in the direction of your dreams.
Running away from the difficult issues created by change is never a good option.
As I’ve mentioned, change is vital for your personal growth because your life is a story of the changes and experiences.
If you can’t get through these life-altering events and come out standing solidly on your feet, there won’t be much of a story to tell.
However, if you can learn to accept and embrace change, there’s no doubt you will have an incredible story to tell.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
—John F. Kennedy
My Name is Marty Ward and I’m the creator and publisher of the 1-Vibrant-Life blog.
At the age of 26, in 1984, I sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident on the way to my day job.
At the time of the accident, I was having a fairly successful life as a musician in Chicago, which included a recent appearance on Star Search 84′ with Ed McMahon and preparing to be included in a group major independent recording contract.
However, after my accident, I was unable to perform or play my instrument. I was out of work and I had lost all confidence in myself and my abilities, felt lost and with no direction.
My injury and my recovery led me down a path of self-improvement, and self-discovery which gave me my life back filled with many amazing experiences and a newfound sense of hope. Learn more about my story on the 1-vibrant-life about page.
CBTCP Certification (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified Practitioner) | 10-16-2021 Certification From The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology, in The Transformative Science of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT