It often is our inability to accept the simplest things in life that leads to the most stress and anxiety. Realizing and accepting the fact that “Life is Change” allows you to let go of things you can’t control and focus on the things that you can.
Change is constant. Everyone, every day, is changing. Physically our bodies are in a constant stage of change as our systems work to keep our bodies healthy. We take in air and our bodies extract the oxygen and expel CO2. Our stomachs digest the food we eat removing nutrients and discarding the rest. We are in a constant state of change and so is the world around us, moving growing, shifting, evolving all the time. Life is Change.
Accepting this fact allows us to see the world through two lenses: changes that we have zero control and influence over and changes that we can influence and control. Understanding this distinction helps successful and happy people separate themselves from the depressed and miserable.
The ability to discern between these two areas of change will either have you relaxed and content or stressed out and full of anxiety. This single ability to see and understand the difference is often the main differentiator between success and failure.
Every industry experiences trend and shifts. Do you realize that the “Internet” as we know it is a little over 15 years old? 1994 is when Netscape was released, allowing anyone to access the Internet. It was a game changer. Before the Internet, if a request for song came in and you didn’t have a copy of it in your 23 milk crates full of music, forget it. Now with just a few keystrokes you can fill even your clients’ craziest requests.
For some of you the change to the digital age was a rough one. You fought it. Thought it was just a fad. Some of you still hold on to the “old ways” and refuse to see the reality going on around you. I bet it causes you stress and anxiety. You’ve grown angry thinking about how much better music sounds on vinyl or CDs and how anyone who uses digital isn’t really doing their job. If that’s the case, it’s official. You’ve gone senile.
When changes happen that you don’t have control over, you have one of two choices: 1. Let it go and move on or 2. Hold on to it and get stuck. I’m not saying it’s easy. But I’m telling you it’s a necessity. Holding on to things you don’t have control over is a one-way ticket to crazy town. It’ll cause you stress, which shortens your life span. Holding onto things you don’t have control over actually shortens your life! So LET IT GO!
They always say if you want to see a person’s true character, travel with them and see how they react when their bags get lost. If you travel much at all, chances are you have experienced the “joy” of waiting at the luggage carousel, not seeing your bag and then getting the sinking feeling in your stomach once that lonely old piece of luggage rolls around that says “last bag.” Sure enough, your luggage didn’t make it. Is it a pain? Yes. Is it frustrating? You bet. However, in the grand scheme of life, it doesn’t really matter. It’s out of your control and all you can do now is file a claim and wait for the airline to deliver it. Getting angry, frustrated, or all worked up will do absolutely nothing to bring your luggage quicker. You have to let it go.
Again, I know it’s not the easiest of things to do but it’s well worth it. Your ability to let go of the things you don’t have control over will free up time to focus on the things you do have control over like your business decisions, marketing plans, lead building and follow up, networking, and of course giving your customers a fantastic experience!
Filed Under: Business, Issue #146
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