Are you going through some changes in your life? I am sure you are, even if the changes are small. If you are not experiencing change, there is something wrong.

"If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change." - John A. Simone, Sr.

Check if the mirror still fogs up when you breathe on it. If it does, it means you are alive and you will see change. Even if it is only the fact that today you are a day older than yesterday. Some cells have died and others are being renewed.

Some people experience more radical changes than others, but we all deal with change. Most people try to run away from change instead of embracing it. Change is good because it forces you to grow mentally, spiritually and physically. Change keeps you mentally sharp. It forces you to search deeper for who you really are and what your purpose in life is. Change gets you out of your comfort zone and forces you to get up and deal with issues at hand instead of the TV remote in your hand. Change forces your business to become more efficient, more competitive and more profitable. Instead of being fearful of change, welcome it.

Whether it is personal changes or business changes, change can be intimidating because it requires us to deal with uncertainty. It makes us feel like we are losing control and we don't like to not be in control. We rather control what happens today , tomorrow, next month and next year. That's why we want to plan things, whether it is a vacation, a family or a business venture. When suddenly things are not going to plan, we are often surprised and upset.

However, once you have accepted the fact that change is just part of life, both personally and in business, you are able to more effectively handle it. We can see change as a negative or we can view it as a chance to become a better person. If we are faced with sudden changes in our business, it is an opportunity to build a better business. We cannot change the past, but we can decide how we respond to change and that often requires us to change how we look at things.

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." Victor Frankl

If we can look forward and not look back, then we can take hold of the positive frame of mind that permits us to move on with renewed energy and commitment. If you have lost a customer, look for others. If your product or service becomes obsolete, build better ones. If you have lost a business, start another one. If you have lost your job or lost a business in this recession, don't think of yourself as a failure but look at it as an opportunity to start again and to do it better this time.

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." - Henry Ford

Change is inevitable. How you handle it, is what matters. Welcome change and acknowledge that change can have a positive effect on your life or your business.

Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. - Pauline R. Kezer

During these tough economic times a lot of people lost their job and some decided to start a business. That is a major change for most people. If that is you, you can minimize the impact of that change by choosing a business that fits your skills, experience and passion. If you are new to running your own business, keep in mind that business is more than just making money. If you focus first and foremost on making money, you will always struggle to experience abundance. Focus on how you can help others and design your product or service with that in mind. If you handle that ingredient of running a business correctly, then money and abundance will follow.

"A business that only makes money is a poor business" - Henry Ford

Whatever made you decide to start a business, embrace the change that it brings. Don’t look back and play the mind game “could have, should have, would have.” Focus on how you can best help people in your new business venture, and success will follow. Starting a business is a big change in your life. However, if you see it as new opportunity to use your skills and experience you will have success. It does not mean that success will come instantly or easy, but commitment, hard work and integrity in your business dealings will bring you success.

Author's Bio: 

Harry Beugelink is a Small Business Coach and Consultant with over 30 years of consulting and management experience in small to medium sized businesses in a variety of industries. Harry has managed union and non-union businesses in both private and public companies. His industry experience led him to work on projects in Europe, North America, Africa, Australia and the Far East. He has a MBA degree and a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He manages The Entrepreneurs Network, a resource for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs and small business owners. With the Entrepreneurs Network he has found the perfect place to use his extensive experience in helping the aspiring entrepreneur get their business off the ground or take it to the next level.
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