This post continues a series called six steps to change. Next will be how to know when to let go for the sake of change.
Unintentional change happens. Situational , life-course events, and sudden illness are a few examples. Not all unintended change is negative, and even negative unintended change turns out for the best many times. But what is common in any unintentional change is the need to adapt in order to incorporate, offset, or avoid certain effects of the change.
Change happens. What is important is that most people are better prepared to face change than they think they are.
In a crisis, it is important to stop and take stock of your situation:
What are the risks involved in this unintended change? Every unexpected life situation or crisis carries certain risks. These may be of an individual and personal nature, or on a broader scale that impacts others. Education, support, and meaningful direction from trusted others will be needed. Often help from medical, mental health, or legal professionals is required.
What are the strengths and resources you have around you to deal with unintended change? We seek out and need ways to reduce risks and painful disturbance in our lives. What we need is typically somewhere within arms’ reach- an insurance policy or warranty; a helping hand; a service in your area, a friend or acquaintance that has been through the same kind of change. Joining groups of people with similar needs has been shown to be very effective in helping adjust to drastic, unexpected change.
You may be tempted to stay where you are and not adapt to change. But taking stock of the risks and resources you have around you will help you move forward faster and relieve the pain of change more quickly for your sake and the sake of others.
Not in a crisis? Go ahead and take stock of your strengths and resources. What is at your fingertips to help you get through the unintended changes of life?