Saturday, April 11, 2009

Recession Is a Time for Change: 5 Reasons

You hear about a recession as a slowdown, but if you focus on changes in culture, lifestyle, and technology, a recession is faster than normal times. In evolutionary theory, change happens faster under stress, and we know that a recession can be stressful for most people, so it makes sense that the pace of change would pick up.

It may also be a good time to approach change consciously and intentionally. In other words, now might be a good time for some of the changes you’ve been thinking about for years, or even a good time to reexamine and redesign your life. Here are five reasons why:

  1. You might be forced to change if you lose your job, investments go bad, or your favorite pizza place closes.
  2. You might have more time to focus on yourself if your work hours or entertainment spending are cut back.
  3. Change happening all around you makes it easier to get in the flow of change. When everything is changing, people expect you to change too.
  4. There are new opportunities as a result of other people’s initiatives.
  5. It’s easier to get help because other people are in the same situation, with a greater need to change and more time to dedicate to it.