Posted by: jmwilsonmga | July 24, 2012

Where’s the wine?

I don’t really consider myself as someone that needs much routine in life.  I feel that I adapt well to change, can go with the flow and am pretty laid back.  Do I get up at the same time everyday?  Make sure my coffee pot is set the night before?  Get my kids breakfast and to day-care on time?  Park in the same parking spot at work every morning?  The answer to all these questions… yes.  That, to me, is just good ol’ consistency and being a creature of habit.  But as I was blitzing through my favorite large supermarket on lunch, I realized as I was racing my shopping cart down the aisle…  where did the bread go?  Oh my goodness – and the wine?  Where is the wine?  I immediately felt frustrated.  Why do they have to rearrange the store?  I knew where everything was and now I’m flustered.  Thankfully, there is a friendly face at the end of what used to be my favorite aisle, asking me what I’m looking for and pointing me in the right direction.  Deep breath.  That wasn’t so bad– get a grip!

Change is something that happens all around us.  Sometimes we initiate the change; other times it’s out of our control.  How do you handle the change that is forced on you?

Here are some simple tips on how to deal with change – either initiated by you or the outside world:

  1. Choose your attitude – seems somewhat simple, right?  It can be!  Negative thoughts will not help you get through the change.  Don’t be the victim – sit back and realize that change is all around you.  Try to look at it in a positive way.
  2. Relax – take a deep breath.  Seriously! Getting frustrated in what used to be the wine aisle?  Put that in perspective – it’s not that big of a deal.
  3. Ask for help – if you need help understanding, comprehending or accepting the change, simply ask.  Chances are, there is good reason for the change and if you understand why it happened, you’ll be more likely to accept it.
  4. Offer feedback – even if it’s not solicited.  Keep it positive though – what DO you like about the change?  If you can communicate your thoughts in a healthy, positive way you might be able to grasp the change quicker and move on.

Some changes are easier than others.  Realize that change in your personal or professional life can lead to opportunities for growth, improvement, empowerment… the list goes on.  Be as optimistic as possible and look at the big picture.  Try not to put yourself in the victim role, set an example for those around you and communicate.

Change is happening… what are you doing to accept it?

About the Author : Erin Herson, Underwriting & Agency Relations Manager

Erin Herson joined J.M. Wilson in 2009.  She is responsible for underwriting, teaching Continual Education courses, as well as establishing and developing new agency relationships.  She loves the people that she works with and finding creative solutions to their needs.  Outside of the office, Erin enjoys working out, spending time with her children, golfing, cooking, and of course, shopping.
Disclaimer :  This article is for informational purposes only.  There is no legal advice being suggested or proffered.  The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon such information.  This article is the opinion of the author and is not supported or endorsed by J.M. Wilson.  It should not be relied upon and may contain inaccuracies or content may have changed over time, contact your underwriter for the most current and accurate information.  Any comments or responses are the opinions of their authors.  Content on this site is believed to be covered under Fair Use. Legal

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