People often have difficulty dealing with changes in their lives. Comfort stems from familiarity and with a changing environment comes uncertainty and doubt about what is to come. This ambiguity often times results in stress, anxiety and apprehension.
So how can one’s mindset prepare them for this inevitable experience that is often viewed as displeasing or uncomfortable? One must redirect the expectations they have in their minds.
Expectation sets a standard on your experience. If you lack expectation you will never be disappointed and you will only ever be pleasantly surprised by whatever the universe decides is your fate. Think of change as a new opportunity to practice your values and express who you truly are with whoever crosses your path.
The stress and anxiety that follows your expectations about the uncertain should be channeled towards the feeling of excitement. Change is inevitable and every person in this world must traverse ambiguity in one way or another. Remember this ubiquitous truth as you embark upon your own journey. Face your new experiences with patience and understand that the only way to become familiar is to let time pass.
Days go by and as you engage in whatever new experiences you are a part of, the new becomes normal and ultimately, comfortable.
Anxiety and stress are chemical reactions – we may not be able to stop them altogether, but with a presently focused mindset we can control them. Expectation channeled as excitement is healthy; positive thinking flows into the void of your uncertain future. However when expectation inhibits us, it can be the beginning of a downward spiral, considering that the only consistent factor in our reality is that our reality is inevitably going to shift, whether we want it to or not.
The lesson is that when faced with change, put your expectation in perspective and who knows – you may end up living out a totally different experience than you originally thought.