Coping with Change

We live in a world where there is more change than ever. Technology is progressing so quickly, jobs are being outsourced and automated and our anxiety is skyrocketing. I actually heard this referred to as the Great Restructuring this week!

We haven’t quite learned how to deal with this much change yet. Our brain seeks security and stability to validate the false promise that if we work hard and keep under the radar we will be safe.

But embracing a state of impermanence is now an essential life skill that you wish you learned in school.

There are 2 sides to change. It’s not just about adding something new. Sometimes it’s about surrender and letting something go.

I drew this sketch-note to explore the cyclical nature of change.

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I’m going through a major restructure at work at the moment and I can definitely see both sides of the change coin. I’m adding new experiences into the picture but I’m surrendering my colleagues, old processes and customers to their own path. It is incredibly difficult (more than I thought) to watch your work family break apart. Even if some of that letting go is in their best interest and their choice. At the moment, it’s difficult to visualise the other side-it’s a whole new chapter for me. In fact, today is my last day in my old job.

There’s so much unknown which is unsettling.

I’ll keep you updated as I move through this process.

I don’t have any tips or tricks to manage major change just yet. It’s more about understanding what it means for me at the moment and accepting that it’s here to stay. Perhaps on the other side I’ll be able to offer some more practical actions to take.

What helps you embrace a state of impermanence?

Published by hanfitz.creates

I'm Hannah, a business coach for creative professionals. The world needs creativity and innovation: this is how we progress as humans. But, the creative journey is paved with challenges: we're told the story of the starving artist since we're children, our brain is hard wired to resist anything new (like creative ideas), we doubt our ability and worthiness to succeed and we crush our ingenuity with judgement and comparison. Yet, we know our purpose is to create. I help visual artists, designers and illustrators bridge this gap with my uniquely curated knowledge and experience of graphic design, finance, human behaviour and neuroscience. You have invested time and resources into their technical skill; now, it's time to invest in your mindset and strategy. After working with me, you can confidently communicate the value of your work, attract clients and charge what you're worth through multiple income streams. This frees up more time and energy to do what you're best at: create.

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