You’re Normal If Change Makes You Uncomfortable
Earlier this year, I converted to a new webinar system. Needless to say, as with all new things you have a learning curve and discomfort for a while. As I was getting ready for the first webinar using the new system, I could tell I was really nervous. Although I had practiced the new system and had all of my instructions written down to follow, I WAS NERVOUS.
The good news is that I made it through both sessions and didn’t suffer any major catastrophes! Not that both webinars were flawless, but nothing that stood in the way of presenting the information.
I share this story to point out the transition of going to what was old and familiar to something new. Part of any transition is a level of discomfort. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new system, new person or a new job. We emotionally react the same each time we go through a transition. The only thing that may be different is how long and how intense our level of discomfort may be.
Our life is a constant river of change. We don’t always notice all of the change but it’s central to our existence (and survival). The thing we don’t do well in our culture is to help each other recognize the emotional reaction we have with the change. Mostly, we like to ignore it and pretend it’s not there. We also sometimes think there is something wrong with us or with the situation.
While I could go on and on about transition and our reactions (I teach whole classes on this topic), I will spare you to keep this light as we speed toward the weekend. Let me just leave you with a thought about
Let me just leave you with a thought about “transition”:
The next time you’re feeling uncomfortable in a new situation, rather than thinking something is wrong; acknowledge that you’re normal. Your discomfort will shrink and go away as the new situation becomes familiar.
Here’s to normal!
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