Thriving through Change - Why the willingness to experiencing difficulty is key for change.

Updated: May 12

Why is it that some individuals can appear stuck while others navigate change so easily? What are the active ingredients necessary to thrive in the face of changes? In our thriving thru change series, we will unpack the human condition. After all, what is happening today is not a mental health crisis, it is our human hard-wiring being put on full display. This series will explore the seven “must-haves” to navigate change more easily.

Why is the willingness to experience difficulty a must have?

This factor can be what stops us in our tracks. Whenever we experience setbacks or big changes we experience a wide range of emotions and thoughts, but how we handle it is the key. To better understand what we mean by this factor, let us walk through the following questions. Feel free to answer these questions from the perspective of a challenge or goal you are having difficulty with or you can answer them generally.

Are you or do you:

  1. Willing to embrace the stress and/or difficulty that comes with making change?

  2. Embrace emotions such as fear, emotional pain, or discouragement?

  3. Own the problem/you are NOT blaming other people and/or circumstances?

As you can see with these questions, there are more layers to positive change than just desire to "want to change". We may want to do a lot of things, but when we start experiencing difficulty we can get derailed. This is a common resistance point for many individuals and organizations, which can reveal the “grit factor” to push through real difficulty. Therefore, if we embrace hard emotions and the stressors, it will be much easier to maintain perspective and positive momentum during challenges.


Willingness to experience difficulty is one factor of seven. When you have at least 5 of these seven factors working your favor, you will find yourself navigating change relatively easily because you are able putting your energy into productive and helpful actions that will improve your day to day. While we will always experience difficulties and setbacks because we are human beings, our ability to maintain optimism, perspective, and productivity are a reflection of how many of the seven factors we have in our corner.

Stay tuned for more from our thriving thru change series.

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