Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Change is the Only Constant: Three Ways to Spot Change in Your Life

It is said that the only constant in life is change and we know that we are living in a period characterized by vast change. The news is marked daily by change in the form of endings and beginnings. Many are rife with excitement over the prospect of change in the government – a new president, senate or congress, a new policy, a new way. There is rampant potential for change in the business world as well with bail outs and trillions in loans. Who would have ever guessed?

With the ending of certain business models, the probability for growth centers on the internet. Brick and mortal stores are being replaced with internet sales. Conferences and seminars are virtual. Change is everywhere and we can choose our reaction to it – run in fear or embrace new possibilities.

The more we develop awareness of births and deaths in all forms – relationships, marriage, businesses, jobs, moving residence, and everything in between– the more we can take advantage of new opportunities opening. You know the saying, “when one door closes, another opens.” Get ready!

To cooperate with change we must learn “the signals.” We want to remain alert and nonresistant to the continuous evolution of our lives. That stands as a more progressive choice than resistance or lagging behind in confusion, denial, and frustration.

To be in charge in your life you must accept responsibility for the changes you are currently making. (Yes, we are incessantly changing.) The good news is that we accept change we realize that each adjustment signifies a desire for something more. We are all growing and for that reason alone nothing remains static. As you view the constant movement of the seasons, so there are seasons and phases in life. As we see these objectively, the evolution we experience is not threatening.

To be conscious of your process of change, watch for evidence signaling upcoming alterations. There are three specific signs to watch for.

1) Tiredness and restlessness (mental or physical pacing), often typified by yawning, big sighs, desire to move to “bigger” facilities or experiences. Need for more space. Symbolically interpret these sensations as the need to provide self with greater opportunity, stimulation and challenge, meaning it is time to expand and grow. The Universe is always urging expansion.

2) An over-critical or irritable attitude toward self, others, job, or home signifies desire for change. You literally want to push away the old and move on -- this also typifies movement toward a bigger, more enlarged experience.

3) Boredom means you’ve completed or used up your present situation. You have drained it dry, learned what you can. There is nothing left to do or learn. It is time to stretch yourself and express differently.

Recognize that change happens naturally and because something inside of you is ready to grow. In some manner you’ve asked for this expansion. Your subconscious (inner) mind is following your desire by closing down the old, used sections of your life and leading you toward something greater.
Be careful not to resist or hold on to the old way. Happiness comes when you cooperate with change. When you choose to look for the good, progressive part of your experience, you will find it.

Moving to a new house or job can be frightening as it is an unknown. Yet it is also an exciting adventure with all kinds of possibilities waiting. Life represents a series of moves that helps you build greater vision of your capabilities, strengths, and talents. As you let go of the old, following the flow and movement to the new, you build self trust which ultimately culminates confidence, freedom and joy.

Jean Walters is a St. Louis based Personal Growth Consultant and Life Coach specializing in personal empowerment. You can reach her at 314 991 8439 or