Fear of Change

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Thursday, 1st of March 2012 Authored by Pastor Jefferson O Imgbi

Today’s Sure Word: God has made my enemies to bless me

The Miracles of Jesus: Draught of Fish: Repositioning! Vol. 010

4Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. Luke 5

Part of moving forward with repositioning and reinventing yourself may mean overcoming and conquering four F’s! There may be many other things, but sometimes if you can master the three F’s then you can master repositioning and reinventing yourself for success! The four F’s that I am going to focus on are ‘Fear of Change; Fear of your dream not succeeding. Fear of rejection from others and fear of the things you fear most.

Fear of Change: The reason so many will not reposition themselves is because they dread change. The fear of change is a stronghold in their lives and it is holding them from advancing in life. Managing change means managing people’s fear. Change is natural and good, but people’s reaction to change is unpredictable and irrational. It can be managed if done right.

Nothing is as upsetting to people as change. Nothing has greater potential to cause failures, loss of production, or falling quality. Yet nothing is as important to the survival of your organization as change. History is full of examples of organizations that failed to change and that are now extinct. The secret to successfully managing change, from the perspective of the employees, is definition and understanding.

Fear of change is in most cases accompanied by feeling of insecurity. However, a life without a change is not acceptable. A changeless life is often monotonous and unexciting. Life is always susceptible to changes and if you suffer from fear of change, you are soon to lose the taste of life. An everyday change in our life is essential, for it opens new opportunities and creates room for adjustments. When you experience a change in life you should ask yourself what it is that makes you afraid and nervous.

Change is one of the constants in life; yet many people fear it. If one can embrace and accept change then they will be able to easily flow through the changes in life. For many people change is something they fear. They avoid change, feeling that it is something negative and will only bring them discomfort and pain. Fear of change is a learned belief, something that can easily be changed.

Change itself will happen whether one likes it or not, it is one of the few things in life that is guaranteed. So why go through life being afraid of it? It is easy to turn this perspective around and see how change can positively impact life. If people are able to shift their perspective then they will be able to embrace and accept change. If you can change your mind and reposition yourself then you have successfully aligned yourself for a greater move in life.

What is Change? According to BrainyQuote.com, the definition of change is “to alter; to make different; to pass one from state to another; a transition.” Change occurs every day in our life even when we don’t welcome change it occurs and cannot be prevented. Change happens in life for the clock moves, changes the time, the moment, the day, the week, the month, the season and everything. So why can’t you change when everything that supports you does. You need to synchronise with the changes of life so you can be active. The body ages, a new concept is learned, a new contact is made. Whether the changes are small or large they happen and it does not depend on the acceptance of people. Any change provides new opportunities and creates room for adjustments.

People fear change for a variety of reasons. They may feel inadequate or incapable of handling the new situation. They may be associating the current experience with a similar experience in their past that they found to be traumatic or uncomfortable. They may feel that this will have a negative impact on their current life and feel that no good will come of it and or it pushes them out of their comfort zone.

Regardless of the reason, the root of it all is as a result of what a person’s current values and beliefs are. If they believe that change is bad, that they don’t know how to handle it, then they won’t. But if they can go within and alter their beliefs about change then they are easily able to handle any change that comes along.

There are two sides to every coin; therefore there are two sides to every change; positive and negative. The key is to see the positives in the current situation allowing one to flow through it. Often when one looks at the positive outcome, he may discover something that he never thought of before, and this is usually a far greater benefit. I told myself long ago that no matter where I find myself or in what situation my circumstances should look like, I am determined to make the best of the worst situation until things get better and improve. I see the positive side in every negative event.

“I am determined to make the best of the worst situation until things get better and improve. I see the positive side in every negative event that is beyond my control.” Jefferson O. Imgbi (President and CEO of Sure Foundation Transcend Ministries, Money Loch Limited. Writer and author of ‘Sureword For Today’)

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