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Coping with change

Posted on 08 August 2008

What we are talking about here…
Life is about change. It happens within you as you grow older and experiences shape you. It happens around you as our environment changes (e.g. global warming), society evolves, and as you move from one stage in your development to the next – from school to university to full time employment etc.
Why it is important to understand “the dynamics of change”…
The simple fact is that the vast majority of us prefer not to change if possible when things are OK. Like it or not however – change is a fact of life and usually involves us feeling different:
What you need to know…
You can see that at the point of change there are quite marked swings in your emotions. After this, you may well feel steadily worse – a typical experience when going to work abroad for the first time – it is called culture shock in this case. The curve is also known as the “transition curve”. The point is – it happens, you will come out of it stronger and feeling better for it.
Next Steps…
Don’t be too hard on yourself – you are not alone in experiencing this – everyone does at some point – often at quite a few points in their lives – starting a new course, moving to college digs for the first time, moving up a year, starting a new job – there is usually a point at which you don’t feel quite as good as you think you should.
Sometimes it is for a few minutes every now and again – sometimes the low time can last for days, weeks and longer. It can be tough – you may not want to be in the situation – but you are and there are some things you can do. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is this situation in line with my purpose (am I meant to be here)?
  • Is this anything to do with my values (being compromised or challenged)?
  • What can I do and what should I do to get through this (my action plan)?
  • Who can I share this with who will listen, advise, guide, support me?

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. david dangelo says:

    embracing change and looking at the positive is key. things tend to work themselves out as they should.

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    It is no easy trick to switch careers at midlife, but more and more people are taking the leap and starting over at jobs they love IT IS UNKNOWN. SO CHANGE CAN BE FRIGHTENING. And exhilarating. Which is why the Chinese word for change is composed of two characters – one for danger and the other for opportunity. To face any sort of change one needs to hug both aspects. Three years ago, Anil Thirumalai (name changed) found himself grinding out a seemingly endless stream of marketing strategies and press releases for corporate clients. The 45-year-old owner of a small public relations firm knew he had to make a career change. “I was not having any fun,” says Thirumalai. While Anil’s interest in PR had begun to cool, his enthusiasm for food and cooking had been heating up. He would prepare elaborate meals – traditional Thanjavur cuisine he had learned from his grandfather – for friends, and fantasize about starting a theme restaurant. The time had come, he decided, to move that idea to the front and centre. “I realized that I had to pursue the change or it would never happen,” he says.
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    Several people told Tiwari, ‘You’re really brave/foolish to trade a lucrative career in architecture for teaching.’ But “I feel like I am doing exactly what I have wanted to do my entire life,” says the 53-year-old. “I have an incredible level of confidence about the situation. I will never make as much money as an architect but things have never felt so right,” insists Tiwari.


    There are perils – and pluses – to changing careers midstream. The trouble is you will not know what they are until you have taken the leap. Actor Boman Irani (of Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munna Bhai fame) jumped jobs so often that he re fined the act into a fine art, before finding his true calling at 40. Here is his story in his own words.
    “After my HSC in Science, I switched to a course in Catering Management, following which I wore a monkey suit and worked in the Taj – waiting tables in the Rendezvous and Apollo Bar or room servicing. “However in 1981 Mum met with an accident and I had to step in to run her shop Golden Wafers. There I “Since I had no zoom lens I was restricted to shots which allowed me to go close to the subject, like say boxing. Whatever money I made went into buying a lens or two. ‘The kind-hearted Aspi Adajania made me official photographer of the World Cup Boxing and then to my utter delight got me to shoot a Norwegian Boxing Match, for which I was paid handsomely. Yay ! I bought my first Nikon Camera and Zoom lens.

    “And then I struggled within: C’man, it’s time to give myself a chance and make photography into more than a hobby. But when I shared my dreams with my wife Zenobia and mum, they were scared stiff. ‘Give me two years I begged. ‘If I do not make it I will return to the shop and eat humble pie.’ “It is not just a cliche.

    “I started shooting portfolios for friends and somehow I have become famous for them. I’ve done the portfolios for several Miss Indias, models Diana Hayden, Nafisa Joseph, Ujwala Raul, Fleur Xavier.

    “Shooting Shiamak Davar swung me feet first on to the stage. He dragged me to Alyque Padamsee who cast me in Rashmi as the pimp who sings a song. That is the genius of Shiamak, who realized that I could act before I knew it myself.

    I was ordered to lose 17 kilos, from 100 to 83 in two months stat. I consulted nutritionist Anjali Mukherjee, went on a rigorous diet – no breakfast; salad lunches and dinners; tea laced with jaggery – combined with a rigorous exercise routine.

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