Dealing with the inevitable
Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.
The one constant in life is change. It’s inevitable. So how does it impact you? What do you do with it? Why does it happen?
These are all questions that we must answer at some point, whenever there is change in our lives. Changes happen at work, home, school, in your businesses, personally and professionally and in the world. You know the saying, “It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you react to it?” Change fits that saying perfectly and we all react to it differently when it happens to us. It can turn your life upside down in a split second, but it’s what we do after it happens that has the most impact on our lives. We just don’t realize it yet.
The good news is change gives us choices, and depending on the choices we make it can impact us in so many ways. A good example of this is when I made the decision to move downtown from Henderson in 2011. There was little going on downtown except First Friday and the Fremont Street Experience. There were a few bars and restaurants, but nothing like it is today.
I wondered where I would walk my dog Holli; after all, downtown is surrounded mostly with concrete and not lush green areas to take her to. I missed the spaciousness of Henderson. What I didn’t realize was because I moved downtown I had to explore my surroundings, which in turn caused me to meet new people, try new restaurants and have collisions that I would not have had in Henderson.
Look at downtown now, compared to five years ago. It’s very different. Where most of the business focus was on the Fremont Street Experience, change brought about new businesses, restaurants, bars, a dog concierge, a container park designed for families and even a grocery store. Not to say that some of these things were not there before, but they were limited. Change caused people to go beyond the Fremont Street Experience to Fremont East and other areas.
Change has been the direct cause for people leaving their comfort zones and fully stepping into their greatness completely. Even when change is a surprise or unexpected, you can make choices based on what you want and need in your life. The business owners downtown have had to make many adjustments due to change that was not planned. Being resilient as business owners, they have embraced the change and redesigned their approach to ownership, including staff, friends and customers.
So the next time something changes in your life, embrace it, stand up to it, make a choice and push through. You might be surprised what happens.
Augusta Scott is a certified life coach, downtown denizen and a person to know within the downtown community. Email her at DowntownAbby@dtZEN.com. For coaching opportunities visit Augusta’s website: www.AugustaScott.com.