We recently said farewell and bon voyage to a beloved member of the family at Clearbox. As many of you already know, our Natalie set off for a new life in Canada, and although she will be deeply missed, we couldn’t be happier for her.
It’s not all bad news, though. We’re in the process of welcoming several new faces to our team (details to follow on that…) and these recent changes, alongside the hint of Spring in the air, has got us thinking about new beginnings and all the feels that go with it.
‘This is the beginning.
Almost anything can happen.’
- Aristotle, Billy Collins.
Billy’s right, new beginnings are exciting, a blank page where anything can happen but new starts are also something we can fear.
One word, change.
When we are young, change is constant and inevitable. We change schools, teachers, hobbies. We grow out of fashion trends, taste in music and we stop believing everything our parents say. But, as we get older, we become comfortable and reluctant to rock the boat.
To ease some of these emotions we have come up with some words of wisdom on how to make the most of a new beginning.
First things first, accept change.
When a new beginning comes along the worst course of action to take is none at all. It will only delay the inevitable and cause stress and upset. Instead, change your mindset and look at all the positives that are now potential for change.
Evaluate how you approach things and begin to understand what you do unconsciously. Do you automatically jump to the worst case scenario? Instead think of the complete opposite. Imagine what the best possible outcome can be. This might not always happen but it will start to change a pattern of behaviour.
Ask for directions; ask for help.
Here we are going to ask you to forget everything you learned from the impressive ‘Stranger Danger’ campaign and talk to people you don’t know.*
Wether you’re starting a new job or moving to a new place getting to know people will help ease your transition. Ask people for directions, strike up a conversation with someone in a coffee shop or invite a new colleague for lunch. Making connections with people will build your confidence and you never know, that could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
*please use your own judgement on how strange of a stranger you wish to talk to. We will not be held responsible for any really odd encounters!
Be okay with not being okay.
Accept that a new beginning can bring on feelings of anxiety or fear and acknowledge that this is completely normal. It can be terrifying making a new life decision. Allow yourself to be nervous but recognise that, as humans, we can exaggerate our fears in our mind. Take comfort in the knowledge you’ve already overcome your worst day to date.
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
Our imaginations can sometimes run away with us. We build up grand ideas of how something should pan out and reality is never how we imagined. Try not to get hung up on things being perfect and appreciate the little achievements.
Most important of all, don’t forget to enjoy yourself, take a step back and think, I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone, I’ve achieved something, so for that, you should be very proud.
So, take a chance, take a chance on…well…whatever you like really, we’re not here to judge…much.