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When I skimmed the word ‘changeology’ through the dictionary, I didn’t find a match on the word. Then I asked, ‘why not rope this word in my own vocabulary since I always love the idea of change?’

When people hailed me as a ‘chameleon’, I took it positively. However, I prefer being called a ‘changeologist’ which for me is a more substantial term. We know for a fact that a chameleon is a lizard that has the ability to change color, and why does it change its color? To camouflage itself from the harmful enemies and significantly, to adapt itself to its environment. Metaphorically, when a person is described as chameleon, the reference to the animal is generally a commentary on the person’s ability to blend into various social situations and the ability to fit or adjust himself to the ever-changing world.

For anyone who is tired of the status quo and interested in living a different life, the solution is change! It may be that you’re tired of the place you work, hairstyle, crazy lifestyle, bad habits/ attitudes, or rutty routines. It may be that you’re interested in living in a different part of the country. Or it may be that you’re entertaining thoughts of losing weight and living a healthier life. The list is endless, but if you’re serious about making these thoughts become your reality, then change must be a part of your future. As that old saying so aptly states, “If you keep doing what you’ve always done… you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got!”

Change is the one true constant in life. It has no boundaries, it challenges us all and it frightens many of us. But without change life is static – we cannot grow and we cannot learn. There is no progress and we will not evolve. But change is often challenging, so embracing change takes courage.

The force of change shakes up our comfort zone and puts pressure on us to re-examine long held beliefs that force us to let go of the things in life that no longer work for us. Death, divorce, job loss, financial difficulties… are formidable changes to wrap our heads and hearts around, yet the more we resist, the more difficult the changes become. The future belongs to those who not only accept change, but embrace it. Though being on the front end of change isn’t for the faint of heart.

Resisting change will only make you miserable over the inevitable. I have worked hard with the phenomenon of ‘change myself’, finally realizing that there isn’t a thing I can do to stop it. I now look at change as transformative and as constant as the seasons. My perspective has evolved from pure fear to a sense of adventure.

One of the most productive ways to embrace change is to approach it positively, believing that the outcome will be for the highest good, whether we want to change or not. Open your mind to contemplate what benefits could come of the new reality. The more optimistic we are, the more the universe allows us to experience new opportunities in life. Change keeps us evolving toward our highest goals and enlightens us as to why we are here on this earth.

If you are able to see or intuit changes coming your way you can grasp and work with them more effectively. More often than not the winds of change are breathed to us through gut feelings, déjà vu and synchronistic events. When you listen, you are rewarded with possibilities. When we ignore these signs we run the risk of suffering circumstances that are dumped into our lap.

Some find embracing change tougher than others. When unexpected change seems too merciless to even contemplate, look for support. Find a role model or a personal change hero, who is going though or has done what you need to do. Make a collage of this person and yourself surrounded by images that represent the changes and positive words or phrases. Look at your collage daily, reflect on the good things that have happened in the past, to regain trust that your future will include more positive experiences.

Meditate on potential positive outcomes instead of worrying about worst case scenarios, when change forces its way into your life. Instead of wallowing in the negative, why not try wallowing in the information for a while, to insure that decisions made in the face of change lead to a preferred future reality.

In conclusion, when fate steps in and rocks your life, get excited about the possibilities, use your sense of adventure, and look for the joy of growth, because in the end, “Change always takes us where we need to be!”


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