“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” ~Karen Kaiser Clark
Life has but one guarantee: change. While we can’t control life’s ebbs and flows, we can learn how to accept change in our lives.
It’s perfectly natural to feel cautious about making life-changing choices. It’s called a ‘comfort zone’ for a reason. When deciding to make big life changes you may feel stress or anxiety but it’s important to take steps forward and make decisions that help you lead your best life.
A study by University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt asked participants to make big decisions based on the result of a coin toss. When these people went through with the change, they were happier overall in the long run.
And those that decided not to make the change experienced a nagging feeling that they should have. While flipping a coin isn’t the best decision-making strategy, learning to trust your gut and take on scary challenges leads to better self-confidence and satisfaction.
Change is necessary for growth, and this payoff makes the leap of faith easier. You’ll increase your personal and professional development and open new opportunities for deeper relationships. All that continuous learning can have a snowball effect that boosts your self-esteem and self-efficacy. The more mindful you become of your growth, the more you’ll believe in yourself, which will help you embrace change in the future.
- Emotional Health