Quiz: how well do you cope with change?

Linda Anderson

by Linda Anderson

All change carries with it the risk of the unknown and the unexpected. Some find this exciting and welcome the challenge. Others go down the path of change reluctantly, dragging their heels all the way. But, as songwriter Johnny Rivers said, “The only thing that’s permanent is change”. A conscious, developed awareness of our response to change, combined with a little meridian tapping, can help us develop better coping strategies.

Answer the following questions to find out how you cope with change. You won’t be scored at the end, but answer true or false, and elaborate a bit on those that feel especially relevant.

  1. I hesitate to make a change until everything is 100 per cent right
  2. I never make changes unless they are forced on me
  3. I’m the kind of person who has to be totally fed up before I’ll make any changes
  4. Generally, I look forward to change as exciting and challenging
  5. When confronted with a change over which I have little control, I review the events and my behavior to determine if I could have done anything differently
  6. Rather than feeling responsible for negative changes that come out of nowhere, I take responsibility for my reaction to them
  7. I realize that sometimes even good changes have an underside that may bring unexpected problems
  8. I realise that a positive change in one area of my life won’t smooth out all my problems
  9. When coming to terms with a major change in my life, I attempt to keep other changes to a minimum
  10. When a change or transition occurs, I review how I have handled other such events in my life for lessons on how to cope in this event
  11. I look for other people who have undergone similar changes as models for how I might better cope with the change in my life
  12. During a time of change, I ask for help and support from those close to me, reliable friends and outside professionals
  13. After a life change, I step back from the situation to get perspective and rest in order to regain a sense of balance
  14. I try to look at the big picture of the change, and acknowledge mixed feelings I might have
  15. Rather than blaming or feeling victimised, when I’m caught in a change over which I have no control, I pick myself up, dust myself off and continue to move forward
  16. I don’t hold onto the way things used to be, but instead move into the way things are
  17. In order to make a necessary change, I am willing to risk the disapproval and lack of support from others
  18. When something positive happens for someone that might change our relationship, I don’t let my fears get in the way of being supportive of that person.
  19. If you answered ‘true’ to any of the first three questions, or ‘false’ to any of the rest, you’ve just uncovered a rich seam of tappable material!

    If changes in your life are causing you difficulties, or if you’re having trouble making the changes you’d like to see in your life, don’t hesitate to ask for help and support, be it from trusted friends and family or outside professionals. Another person’s perspective can make a huge difference to the outcome.

    Oh, and keep tapping!

    Linda Anderson is an EFT success coach and trainer. She helps clients overcome the fear of change and make a difference in the world by taking a leap into heart-centred work they truly love. Whatever your challenge, to book a 30-minute ‘Discovery Coaching Call’ phone 01799 531315, email linda email or wisit Linda’s website.

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