10 Powerful Benefits of Change: Why Embrace It By Ani Chibukhchyan

Embrace-Change

“If you do not create change, change will create you.” ~Unknown

 We are often  resistant to change, and we don’t realize that change itself is constant.

 

Even if you resist or avoid it, it will enter your life just the same. When you initiate the change yourself, it’s pretty easy to adopt to it, since it’s a wanted one.

But are the unplanned and unexpected changes bad? What if all changes were good by default?

I have been embracing change since a young age. During my life I have lived in five countries and in over twenty-five apartments, changed five schools and about five different careers.

At first it is a bit difficult and annoying, but after a while you get used to the change so much that if it doesn’t come for a while, you end up moving the furniture at home in order to feel something changing.

Changes connected with moving from country to country impacted my personality. Thanks to them I became more flexible and open-minded. Now I understand cultural differences and appreciate diversity.

Each of the career shifts brought knowledge and new experiences. As a result, apart from the professional experience I learned how to resolve conflicts with difficult colleagues and how to work with unbearable bosses.

Career related changes brought self-confidence. All those changes led me to the realization of what I wanted to do with my life.

The biggest change in life occured when I got married. The change brought love, peace, and comfort into my life. As a result, a new me was born—me being a wife, mother, and happy woman.

Finally, the big change I initiated by quitting a good job and embracing the passion of writing made me truly happy and satisfied.

In general, when looking back, I realize that all the good things in my life are the results of changes that occurred in the past.

People usually avoid changes and prefer to stay in their comfort zones, but I am true believer that once you get the courage and take the first step to change, your life will become much better.

Below are just few benefits of change:

1. Personal Growth

You grow and learn new things every time something changes. You discover new insights about diffferent aspects of your life. You learn lessons even from changes that did not lead you to where you wanted to be.

2. Flexibility

Frequent changes make you easily adapt to new situations, new environments, and new people. As a result you do not freak out when something unexpectedly shifts.

3. Improvements

We all have things in our lives we’d like to improve—finances, job, partner, house, etc. All of us know that nothing will  improve by itself. We need to do things differently to make that happen. Without change, there’d be no improvements.

4. Life values

From time to time changes make you re-evaluate your life and look at certain things from a different perspective. Depending on what the change is, it may also reinforce your life values.

5. The Snowball Effect

Often we give up because we cannot accomplish the difficult task of making a huge and immediate change. That is when small changes become extremely valuable. One shift at a time, small changes will eventually lead you to the desired big one.

6. Strength

Not all changes lead you to pleasant periods of life. Unfortunately we do not live in fairy tale and sad things happen, too. Overcoming the tough period will make you stronger.

7. Progress

Changes trigger progress. Things move forward and develop because of the them.

8. Opportunities

One never knows what each change may bring. When you turn from your usual path there will be plenty of different opportunities waiting for you. Changes will bring new choices for happiness and fulfillment.

9. New Beginnings

Each change is a turning page. It is about closing one chapter and opening another one. Changes bring new beginnings and excitement to life.

10. Routine

Remember the movie Stranger than Fiction? The main character Harold Crick does the same things in exactly same time for years. He leads a completely dull, extremely predictable, and uninteresting life. That is how your life would be without changes.

So next time you get the temptation to avoid or resist the change, aim instead to initiate the ones that will lead you to where you want be.

And remember—if there were no change, there would be no butterflies!

The End of Faith by Sam Harris | Review

Ending faith…not a good idea. Everyone becoming an atheist…..an even worse idea. Of course religion should not be a get out of jail pass neither should religious institutions expect special treatment but we all need to believe in something right? I guess we just have to find a way to get along. Oh well, maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

Library success: a best practices wiki

After reading trough the article, I came to the conclusion that this wiki would prove very useful to libraries and librarians around the globe. Whoever came up with this idea, good job! Imagine being able to go to one place on the web and have unlimited access to library related incidences and ideas not know to anyone outside of the library environment. To be able to share your ideas with others while having the opportunity to use theirs and improve its quality by adding your own spice to it. This should make everyone’s job so much easier.

Technology is increasing rapidly and librarians around the world would be catching up to it at different paces. This wiki would give the fast learners a way to assist the slow ones by sharing what they’ve done. I would say this is super cool for the library world. It brings to mind the concept of what designer Jeff Veen spoke about, “Stealing Success” or stealing an idea to duplicate and make it better. Instead, we won’t actually be stealing anyone’s ideas, the ideas would have been placed willingly for us to use.

Jason the content librarian

The solution to my problem may not always be the same solution used to solve your problem. This is the main point I believe Jason was trying to bring across. We may see others succeeding greatly using a particular method, we then go on to imitate that exact method only to realize that we are not achieving the same results. This could be for a number of reasons.

We all have to understand that sometimes our situations may be similar, but they are not the same. We all deal with different people and circumstances and therefore we require different methods and solutions. It is ok to copy someone else’s strategy, bust as Jason suggested, copying is not enough, we need to add our own ideas and make that method our own. Creating an account on a social media website may be a good idea, but just creating it is not enough. We need to come up with unique ways in which to attract our clientele.

Yes, a lot of people are socially active, but will they just gravitate towards a library page and like it just like that? Will they be instantly motivated to visit the library? NO! We have to make them want to come and stealing elements from other librarians may just be the way to make that happen. Keeping in mind that we must choose what we steal carefully and not fall for the “one size fits all” nonsense.