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How to deal with big changes in your life

Updated: Dec 5, 2021

Some of the big changes in life are good or great things that happen. Graduation from school; becoming engaged; getting married; having a baby; landing a special job or promotion; buying a house....each of these are big changes, as are the opposites of these listed changes. Living life is often about making adjustments to unforeseen circumstances. We make a "fool-proof" plan and for some reason, the results are not what we expected. Some people advise "plan for the worst and hope for the best".

Success can be as stressful as failure. I have a philosophy of "so what". What I mean by that is, "so this happened to you, what are you going to do now?" Whether something good or not so good happens, a person needs to do something and not freeze up or over react.

1. Learn to respond and not react. (reaction is emotional vs response, which is thoughtful)

2. Take a deep breath; use self-talk to tell yourself what is true about this situation today...not yesterday or tomorrow. (no, it is not true that this is the end of the world.)

3. Determine whether or not the situation requires a plan of action immediately or when is a decision necessary.

4. Large tasks appear overwhelming but can usually be broken down into smaller tasks that provide the opportunity for little victories along the way to completing the large assignment.

5. Understand that God has allowed the big change to happen and we are never left alone to manage the change by ourselves...He has promised, "never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."

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