The worst thing you can do as an entrepreneur is to be resistant to change. As we approach the end of the year and look ahead to 2023, most people are planning for how they want to change or new goals they want to achieve. But the truth is, that future has already begun. In fact, 2023 started months ago because the choices we make today and every day will hugely impact how the next year unfolds. And, your resistance to change will inhibit your ability to have a successful year.
You have to think different to embrace change.
When we think of different, the first word that often comes to mind is uncomfortable. But that’s precisely why embracing differences is so important. The worst thing you can do for growth is to resist change. If we are comfortable, we are stagnant. We have reached the end of our growth and development. But when we are uncomfortable, we push ourselves out of our comfort zone and try something new. And that is where true progress is made.
Let your passion overcome your need to be resistant to change.
You should work as if you’re starving to death, not because you have to, but because you love what you do. That is the kind of passion and drive that can take us to new heights. But all too often, we let our black-and-white mentality hold us back. We see things as either good or bad, and we avoid anything that seems “bad.”
But what if we changed that mentality to being good or different? Those who embrace different will recognize that things have changed and adapt to the new reality. They’ll be open to new opportunities and experiences. Basically to lower your resistance to change, you have to learn to embrace it.
You can’t grow if you are resistant to change.
On the other hand, those resistant to change are letting bad in the door. If your natural response is to resist change, you will miss opportunities. But if we can embrace change and discomfort, we can improve ourselves by just 1% daily. And while that may not seem like much, if you do that every day, at the end of 365 days, you’ll be 37% times better.
Reacting and losing control over the situation is easy when we encounter adversity or challenges. But if we embrace change and respond instead of react, we take back our control. We can approach challenges with a growth mindset and see them as opportunities to learn and improve.
To resist change is to remain stuck.
To resist change keeps you stuck. The only way to move forward is to embrace it. A person who has good books but doesn’t read them is no better off than someone who can’t read. If you do what everyone else does in a year, it only gets you to average. There are no shortcuts if you want to be great.
Take whatever plan you’ve been using and throw it in the trash. That plan got you here; it served its purpose. But you didn’t come this far to only come this far. Failure is the biggest key to success because that’s where your breakthroughs happen.
So as we move forward into 2023, let’s embrace change. Strive to overcome your resistance to change. So many people have done amazing things by embracing change and stepping outside their comfort zone. Don’t stop now. Keep pushing yourself and see where it takes you in the new year.