Personal Growth

How to navigate change successfully

November 18, 2013

This past weekend, Claudia and I moved. It was a local move, about 20 minutes from were we were before in the Philadelphia area. Everything went really smoothly thanks to all the friends and family we had helping us.

With with a change like moving comes such a range of emotions. There’s the excitement of a new place and a new chapter in your life. And then also the sadness that comes from leaving a place where you have so many memories – the house we moved from was the first home we owned and where our son was born.

As I look back over the past year leading up to this change, I realized how what I focused on dramatically impacted how I handled everything and the course on which we were headed. I identified a couple of things that helped me navigate this change successfully.

Here are three things to focus on to help navigate change successfully:

1. Focus on the positive – Rather than worrying and getting overwhelmed in the flurry of change, focus on the positive. List all the good things that are going to come because of the change. Remind yourself of those.

2. Focus on what you’re going to – Rather than focusing on what you’re leaving, focus on where you’re going to. If you’re focused on the past, your life is full of regret. Focus on the hope of the future. That’s where new energy and life comes from.

3. Focus on the fact that your life has seasons – Sometimes things change and they’re not exactly the way we want them to be. Remember that life has seasons and things won’t always be this way.

Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” Knowing that change is constant, focus on these three things to help navigate change successfully.

Question: Which of these three things do you need to focus on with a change in your life?

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  • Reply Ann Musico November 18, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I wish all 3 of you all the best in your new home! I would say for me #2 is the one I most have to intentionally focus on.

  • Reply Donna Yates November 18, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I was in a similar situation when my kids were babies. My husband and I had bought our dream house and when I decided to stay home with the kids, it became apparent we would have to sell the house in order for that to happen. I just kept telling myself all the positive that would come from the move. We could pay off some bills, we would find a better place, I could be home with my babies… It wasnt’ easy but we made it and we did eventually find another place that was better and just what we needed. I also learned that a house is just that-a house. I’ve bought and sold 6 homes so far and each I have loved but only because I’ve made them my “home”. I know you and Claudia will make your new house your “home” because that’s where you will live, love and learn!

    • Reply Michael Good November 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Beautifully said, Donna. Love your perspective. We do love our new place – it’s sunny, bright, and quiet, which was very important to us. Thanks for your kind words!

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