We all experience change every day, from altering our route to work because of an accident or roadworks, having our desk moved to a new position in the office or starting a new chapter in our lives to losing a loved one, being diagnosed with a major illness or being made redundant. Some changes are exciting, and we take these in our stride. Others can cause fear, resentment, confusion and anger and we can be more challenging.
Whatever the change, be it exciting or frightening, to negotiate it successfully we need to go through several phases and experience a range of emotions. The speed we travel through change depends on how we view it, how much control we feel we have, whether we have had positive or negative experiences of similar situations and how we perceive the future. Typically, the more positively we see the future, the more control we feel we have and the less difficultly we have with the journey.
Ultimately, whether you view change positively or negatively, it is a life experience we can learn and grow from, building our confidence and developing our resilience.