Three Ways to Overcome the Fear of Change 

by | Dec 6, 2023 | Personal Development

The fear of change is a real thing. And change of any kind is scary, whether you’re taking a huge risk with your business, trying out a new Friday lunch spot, or jumping into the deep end of the pool for the first time. We want to know that the changes we’re making will lead to positive results, but we also want to avoid the risk it will take to find out. So, instead of making changes, we stay stagnant in the warmth of our comfort zones—forever, and ever, and ever. (Okay, that was a tiny bit dramatic, but you get the point.) 

The thing about change is that while it feels big and scary, it’s also the only way we grow. One slight shift in the right direction could be exactly what you need to get on the right track. Take this post and use it as motivation to stop shying away from change, and start embracing it, instead! These three keys will help you get started. 

Challenge your thoughts. 

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When thinking about change, our minds tend to jump to the worst-case scenario (thanks, negativity bias!). What if my perfectly calculated plan fails? What if I end up wasting my time and energy on something that totally backfires? What if … 

Shut down those negative “what ifs” and swap them out for more positive thoughts. How cool would it be if your plan actually does work? What if the time and energy you put into your goals really does pay off? Read this post to learn a few tricks for cultivating a more positive mindset around change—and pretty much anything else in life!

Don’t overwhelm yourself. 

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Let’s say you have a goal of opening up a business. But there’s just one problem: You’ve been dreaming about it for years and haven’t made any real progress. Why is that? Is it because you’re too comfortable where you’re currently at? Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of the work you’ll have to put in to turn that dream of yours into reality? 

Change of any kind takes work. But rather than thinking you need to figure it all out at once, break your goal into baby steps. What are the little things you need to do in order to make the big things happen? And what can you do today—maybe even right this second—to get just a little bit closer to your dreams?  

Accept change as part of life.  

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Ask yourself if where you’re at right now is the same place you want to be in 20 years. Probably not, right? If you really want to see improvements in your life in the next 20 years—or even the next 20 days—something has to change eventually. 

Some of the shifts in our lives are fun and exciting, while others are painful and uncomfortable. ALL of them are leading us to where we’re meant to be. Start accepting change as the valuable piece of your journey that it is. If nothing ever changes, nothing will ever change. 

It’s time to look at every twist and turn in your path as an opportunity. Change really is a good thing, but only if you allow it to be. Our final advice for you: Shift your mindset, say “yes” when you feel the urge to try something new, and when it feels the scariest to jump, jump in anyway. 

Learning through change is also a valuable part of leadership. Read this post on leading with compassion to learn more!