12 admirable traits of people who don’t fear change

You know that old saying, right? The only thing certain in life is change. It’s kind of a downer when you think about it, because, well, change can be scary stuff.

Yet, we all know someone who seems to be buddies with change, always ready to dive into something new or unexpected without batting an eye.

You might wonder, “How on earth do they do it?” Well, these folks aren’t superheroes (although sometimes it feels like it). They’ve just got a rock-solid mindset that lets them roll with the punches and adapt, even when things get tough.

And guess what? You can totally do that, too.

All you need is to pick up some of their tricks, those remarkable qualities that make them unafraid of change.

So, let’s get down to it and explore these standout traits of folks who don’t let change freak them out:

1. They’ve Got a Healthy Dose of Curiosity

Here’s the deal with change – it’s a package deal with all sorts of unknowns.

But the folks who jive with change are usually the ones who can’t help but poke their noses into new things.

This isn’t just about courage, it’s about vulnerability, too. To want to learn more about the unfamiliar, you’ve got to have the guts to step outside your comfort zone.

The real magic happens when that niggling feeling of fear transforms into a rush of excitement.

These change champions aren’t just open to new possibilities and fresh takes on things, they’re downright excited about them.

Their curiosity is like a hunger that keeps them on the lookout for answers, even if it means stepping into the great unknown.

And here’s the kicker: this isn’t a trait reserved for naturally inquisitive folks. Anyone can whip up their own blend of curiosity.

Start by asking questions, about things you know, things you don’t, things that are a part of the change. Soon enough, you’ll find your fear taking a backseat to your curiosity.

2. They’re Always Game for a New Adventure

There’s something cozy about the familiar, right? Knowing what’s going to happen when and how. It’s like a safety blanket that shields us from the unpredictability of life.

But too much clinging to routines can turn us into change-averse grumps.

Now, people who are cool with change, they’re a different breed. They’re not just okay with stepping outside their comfort zones, they’re actually pumped about it.

They look at new experiences like they’re exciting escapades waiting to be embarked on.

They get it – change is just another word for growth. Worrying doesn’t get a look in; it just takes up precious space that could be filled with cool, meaningful adventures.

Yeah, diving into the new can be a little hair-raising, but it can also be wildly exhilarating.

Speaking from experience, holding on to a positive attitude has opened doors I didn’t even know existed and shown me a whole world of possibilities to chase after.

3. They’re Masters of the “Think Ahead” Game

Let’s be honest, most of us don’t really dig change because we’re not quite sure what it’s going to throw at us.

We’re creatures of habit, happiest when we’re in familiar territory. We’re wired to think that anything new is just a one-way ticket to Failureville, with a pit stop at Judgement Junction.

But folks who don’t let change phase them, they’ve got a little secret weapon: forward-thinking.

They take the bits and pieces of information they have and connect the dots with something they’ve experienced before. They’re not shy about asking others for more intel either. The more they know about the change, the easier it is for them to ride it out.

Let’s say you got a promotion (Congrats, by the way!). That’s definitely a big change with its own set of challenges.

You could ease into the new role by asking your boss or coworkers for some tips and tricks even before you officially step into your new shoes. Planning ahead is the way to go!

4. They’re All About Playing the Game of Risk

Change and risk are like two peas in a pod. Whether it’s a physical risk, a tug at the heartstrings, or a dent in the wallet, they come as part of the package.

It’s tempting to just throw in the towel and stick to what’s comfortable. But the folks who aren’t fazed by change, they know that taking and owning risks are part of the game.

But hey, let’s be clear here. We’re not talking about wild, reckless risks. Those are a no-no.

Change-embracing folks are all about calculated risks. They take the time to weigh the good against the bad before making any big decisions. They want to know what they’re getting into, the possible hiccups they might run into.

They also get that high risk can mean high reward. To them, squaring off with their fear of change means being ready to take on risks and handle whatever comes their way.

They know they might stumble, but they also know they might fly. And that’s a risk they’re willing to take.

5. They’re Total Social Butterflies

Change has a funny way of tossing new people into our paths. Folks we might never have crossed paths with otherwise.

Sure, building relationships from scratch can be a bit of a slog, but those who don’t mind change are always ready to keep an open mind.

Being open-minded when you meet new people is like wiping the slate clean. You’re not hanging onto any preconceived ideas about them.

Instead, you’re all ears, soaking up everything they have to say because, hey, who knows what new insights they might bring?

Shutting yourself off from others doesn’t do you any favors. In fact, it just puts a limit on your understanding of others and cramps your change-adapting style.

But when you’re open to new people, you’re gearing up to handle life changes with a little more context under your belt. And that’s always a good thing.

6. They Stand Firm, No Matter What

Change has a knack for making everything feel shiny and new, and let’s be honest, that can be a bit overwhelming.

It helps to have something familiar to hold onto, something that feels like home. And that’s exactly what these change champions have: solid values and morals that they carry with them, no matter what.

These are the folks who are rock-solid in their integrity. Their idea of right and wrong doesn’t flip-flop depending on the situation.

They’re not about to let someone else call the shots for them if they’re confident in their own judgment.

Change might throw a curveball their way, but they don’t back down. They stand their ground, firm in their beliefs.

To them, their values are like a guiding light that helps them navigate through the ups and downs, the knowns and unknowns.

They trust in that light, and that trust gives them the courage to face change head-on.

7. They Know When to Let Go and Go with the Flow

You know those people who seem to have a grip on everything? The ones who get fidgety when things don’t go according to plan because they think any hiccup might trip them up?

Well, that tight grip on control is usually what’s holding them back from taking the plunge into new opportunities and challenges.

On the flip side, people who are cool with change know that life doesn’t always stick to the script – and they’re totally okay with that.

They understand that messing up doesn’t mean they’re failures. Instead, they see the paralysis of fear as the real enemy. They get that sometimes, you’ve just got to let go, even if it’s just a little bit at a time, like letting someone else take the lead or passing off smaller tasks.

The more you practice loosening your grip, the easier it becomes. Before you know it, you’ll be kicking back, enjoying the ride, and loving the unpredictability of going with the flow.

8. They’re Totally Cool with Flying Solo

We all love having a sidekick, especially when we’re facing down challenges or wading through change.

There’s something comforting about knowing there’s someone there, ready to grab our hand and back us up when things get tough.

Now, the folks who don’t shy away from change? They absolutely value a good sidekick, but they’re also pretty comfortable going solo.

They don’t freak out when there’s silence around them; in fact, they use it to their advantage to reflect on their actions, thoughts, and feelings.

They’re content in their own company, knowing that we’re not always going to have someone by our side.

They get that sometimes, the best life experiences are the ones you navigate on your own.

9. They’re Pro at the Waiting Game

Change can be a tricky customer. Sometimes it barrels into our lives without warning, but most of the time, it’s a slow, almost stealthy process.

That’s when it gets really tough to see the progress we’re making. Like when we start a business or hit the gym, we get itchy for profits or ripped muscles right out of the gate.

But the folks who don’t let change scare them off? They understand that progress often whispers, it doesn’t shout. They’re not hanging around for instant results.

Instead, they put in the work, day in, day out, until the unfamiliar becomes routine and the subtle signs of progress start to shine through.

And yeah, there will be times when things go sideways. But they don’t hit the panic button. They buckle down, hang in there, and patiently ride out the storm, knowing that brighter days are coming.

10. They Turn Their Past into a Classroom

We all have a history marked with stumbles and missteps, and yeah, they can hit pretty hard.

But those who don’t let change rattle them, they know how to dust themselves off and keep going.

They get that moping around or wishing they could hit the rewind button isn’t going to change a thing.

The smart move? Take those blunders, learn from them, and use them to armor up for the future and all the change it brings.

Folks who are good with change aren’t living in the past, they’re living in the now and making plans for what’s to come.

Sure, it’s nice to look back at the good old days, but wallowing in past mistakes can be a major buzzkill and can fuel those pesky insecurities.

It’s far better to take ownership, learn the lessons, and make sure not to repeat the same mistakes.

Remember, some folks take life as it comes, unflinching, because they’ve mastered the art of moving on and making smarter choices.

11. They’re Their Own Cheerleaders

Ever find yourself expecting the worst to happen? That’s what we call catastrophic thinking. It might help you brace for future troubles, but it can also drag down your mindset.

And let’s be honest, the last thing you need when you’re navigating change is a head full of fear and anxiety about all the ‘what ifs’.

The secret? Start spreading a little love – to yourself. Positivity has a way of attracting more positivity, so if you want good change, start by being a little nicer to yourself.

Why not start the day with a pep talk in the mirror? Or give yourself a confidence boost before tackling a tough task? Remember, if you set your mind to it, the sky’s the limit.

Positive self-talk is like a self-confidence workout. The more you flex those muscles, the stronger they get, and the more you start to believe that you can handle anything.

Before you know it, that fear of change and all its unknowns starts to melt away.

12. They Don’t Chase the Perfection Unicorn

Perfectionism. It’s like a siren call to those who fear change. Their need for everything to be just so often acts as a giant roadblock to embracing change.

They get so tangled up in chasing the impossible dream that they become risk-averse.

But those who take change in stride? They’ve made peace with the fact that perfection is a mythical unicorn.

Their mantra? “Do your best.” That’s what counts, not some unattainable ideal. Chasing perfection only puts the brakes on creativity.

They’d rather trip up and learn something new than stay stuck in the rut of ‘perfect’.

People who are always in hot pursuit of perfection often don’t think outside the box. This rigid mindset makes them even more jittery and anxious when the winds of change start to blow.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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