by Darrin Schenck

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by Darrin Schenck

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Life is a journey filled with twists and turns, and just when we think we have it all figured out, change comes knocking at our door. Change can be intimidating and uncertain, disrupting the very fabric of our existence. But in the face of this inevitability, it is our resilience that paves the way for growth and transformation. In this blog post, we will explore the art of embracing change and navigating uncertainty with courage and adaptability.

  1. Embracing the Unknown:

Change often brings the unknown, and our natural instinct might be to resist or fear it. However, it is important to remember that change is the catalyst for progress and personal development. Instead of shying away from the unknown, let us embrace it with an open mind. By shifting our perspective and perceiving change as an opportunity rather than a threat, we unlock a world of possibilities and untapped potential.  Think of it this way, if you never tried anything new, you would not have discovered a new favorite flavor of ice cream, or that new band that you listen to all the time now.  You are already doing more embracing of the unknown than you realize, you just have to expand that out to other areas.

  1. Building Resilience:

Resilience is the cornerstone of navigating uncertainty. It is the ability to bounce back from setbacks and adapt to new circumstances. Cultivating resilience requires self-awareness and an understanding that change is a constant in life. By acknowledging our emotions, practicing self-care, and seeking support from our loved ones, we strengthen our resilience muscles. Like a tree bending with the wind, we learn to sway and flex, rather than break, in the face of adversity.  I am a big believer in the idea of building resilience through repeated exposure to increasingly difficult things.  Try a yoga class or go to your first jiujitsu class and see how difficult it is.  Then, go back to another in a few days and compare the two experiences.  By starting and excepting that you are new, don’t know what you are doing and are going to fail at some portion of it, you will grow some proverbial callouses.  By repeated exposure, you learn to adapt and handle more, and also toughen up incrementally.  This skill can be applied to all facets of life.

  1. Adopt a Growth Mindset:

A growth mindset is the belief that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. When faced with change, adopting a growth mindset allows us to view challenges as opportunities for learning and growth. Instead of being paralyzed by fear or doubt, we approach new situations with curiosity and a willingness to learn. With every step forward, we expand our horizons and develop new skills, ultimately becoming more adaptable and resilient individuals.  I think is it the responsibility of every person to expand their own capabilities in life.  This will improve their own experiences, how they contribute to the world and more.  Having been around for 50+ years now, I am Hellbent on helping people learn and grow and maximize their potential.  I feel obligated to do so, as I have had others who have assisted me in this same way.  I am karmically obligated to give back in the same fashion that others have generously given to me.  But on the other side of this same coin, I am always looking for ways to learn and grow and expand myself.  Not only do I benefit from this, but it trickles down to all those I come in contact with.

  1. Accepting Impermanence:

Change often brings endings, and parting ways with the familiar can be difficult. However, accepting the impermanence of life is essential in navigating uncertainty. Just as the seasons change, so do the chapters of our lives. Embracing impermanence teaches us to let go of attachments and embrace the beauty of transience. It frees us from the burden of expectations and allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the present moment, savoring the joy and growth that change brings.  If you have read any of my other blogs you are probably aware that I am the survivor of a head on collision with a wrong wat drunk driver.  While I was lucky to have walked away from this largely unscathed, it was a wake up call like none other.  It truly made me realize my own mortality.  I now accept my own mortality and also now clearly that of others.  Life is too short to wait for the right time, enough money, etc. to do things that you are burning to do.

  1. Finding Opportunity in Change:

While change may bring challenges, it also opens doors to new opportunities. Amidst uncertainty, we can uncover hidden talents, explore uncharted territories, and discover new passions. By seeking out silver linings and reframing setbacks as stepping stones, we unlock our creative potential and pave the way for personal and professional growth. Change becomes a catalyst for transformation and a reminder that life’s greatest adventures often lie just beyond our comfort zones.  There are lots of ways that embracing change has lead me in different directions that I never would have explored otherwise.  It is easy to live in your comfort zone and stay where you are aware of and in control of most things.  Slow and steady, nothing rocks the boat can be the mindset of many.  Personally, the last thing I want is to be like everyone else.  I want to expand and explore and grow and experience everything possible on the crazy ride called life.  Embrace the change and enjoy the ride, you’ll never know where it may take you.

Conclusion:

Change is an inevitable part of life, and our ability to navigate uncertainty with resilience and adaptability is crucial. By embracing the unknown, building resilience, adopting a growth mindset, accepting impermanence, and finding opportunities in change, we can transform our lives and flourish amidst uncertainty. So, let us welcome change as a guide to self-discovery and growth, embracing its transformative power with open hearts and open minds.  You need to live life to the fullest, on the responsible side of the line versus reckless, but lean over that line once in a while, just to remind yourself exactly where it is at.  Otherwise, how would you know?

I wish you luck in your endeavors.

 

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