5 Steps of Change

Change Happens

Change Happens

Sometimes we will be enjoying a phase of life and think that it is absolutely perfect. Sure there are little things that we would like to change but the time or moment is truly joyful.

I have been in one of those phases and suddenly we came upon some fast-moving water. The rocks bump and the water dumps on me and feelings are scattered.

It is normal.

There are five steps – some people call them stages in dealing with change . Journeying through change takes conscious movement – conscious steps along a path. So here are the five steps:

  1. Denial
  2. Negotiation
  3. Anger
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance
  6. Integration

A friend described the phases as:

  1. No
  2. Only if
  3. UUUggghhh…GGGGrrrrr
  4. A glass of merlot please
  5. Well let’s make the best of it
  6. This is fun.

The only constant in ┬álife is change. As we move towards a greener more sustainable home life, we need to understand that the more quickly we can step┬áthrough the change curve – through our feelings – the more effective we are. And the happier we are.

So yes choosing to live a more sustainable life is about change. And with that comes the typical change curve and feelings. How we choose to react to those feelings will determine how we adapt. Sometimes our fear of change keeps us being bumped around by the rocks longer than is real. Sometimes our denial of our feelings keeps us from moving through the change curve to “This is fun.”

So ultimately once we understand that our reactions to change are normal and predictable, we can relax and let go. We can float through that darkness and land happily on the other side.

At the end of the tunnel.

At the end of the tunnel.

So enjoy today. Enjoy the imperfection and have faith in your ability to change, grow and live.

What is your technique to adapt to change?

Let’s talk about it. Your ideas may be the answer someone is searching for,,,,

yours in Corporate Social Responsibility

Cara MacMillan MBA


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