How to Embrace Change Using Emotional Intelligence

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It’s not uncommon to dislike change, or feel resistant to it—especially when the change impacts your livelihood and everyday life. Change can bring up intense emotions, and unfortunately, it can also lead to burnout. Burnout caused by a big change can even further your resistance, when in reality it would be healthier to embrace it. 

In this article, I give you four emotional intelligence strategies to help you embrace the change rather than fight it or merely grin and bear it. Improving adaptability is critical to emotional intelligence, so it’s important to identify the source of resistance and learn new methods of coping and thriving. 

Our immediate reactions to change tend to reflect our fears and anxieties instead of the reality of the situation. Learning to cope with change in a positive way that leaves the door open for new possibilities can make all the difference in our career happiness.

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Writing by Dr. Kandi Wiens

Dr. Kandi Wiens

I am a researcher, speaker, executive coach, and leadership development facilitator. I’m also a Senior Fellow at The University of Pennsylvania, where I teach in the PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program, the Penn Master’s in Medical Education Program, and Wharton Executive Education. All of my work is deeply rooted in the latest positive psychology, emotional intelligence, and mindset research.

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