How to Use Change to Your Advantage

What’s up everyone! Another edition of #BloggingBronicosBrain coming at you this week.

We’re in June now, which means we’re halfway through the year. Before I dive into the blog, I want to encourage you to sit down and review the goals you wrote down at the beginning of the year and ask yourself a couple of questions:

“How am I doing with my goals?”
“What could I be doing better or more of?”
“If I’m not where I want to be, how can I get where I want to be?”

Congrats to those of you who are crushing it! And, if you’re not crushing it, don’t worry! The goals are there for us to experience and realize the process. Embrace the struggle you may be going through, as one day you will use it to make you stronger!

On to the blog now…

In this edition of my blog, I wanted to talk about embracing change and the transitions we may be experiencing in our own lives. Growing up, I was never a huge fan of change. Whether it was starting a new class, playing on a new youth team, getting a new teacher, or even just starting a new school year – I didn’t enjoy it! And I didn’t even know why I didn’t really like it. I just got a twisted feeling in my stomach, a feeling I didn’t like. As I grew older and started to think about why things had to change, it made me question just that – why do I feel this way when certain things or events change in my life?

Then, I found it. I finally knew why I didn’t like change, and it was because of two things:

1. The uncertainty about the future the change brought

2. The lack of control I had over the situation

As people, we like to be in control and have certainty about ourselves and our futures. However, when something changes, it messes with our ability to predict, or even control, situations and circumstances, ultimately leading to more and more uncertainty in our lives. And when things are uncertain, we become uncomfortable.

Can you relate?

The whole “different school, different teammates, different classes, different coaches, and even different cities”… it’s all change, and it’s inevitable for all of us. So, now what? If change is inevitable, what are we supposed to do?

Here are some tips that I’ve found helpful when I stress out about change. I hope they’ll help you as well 🙂

1. Use the change as an opportunity for growth – I’ve experienced a lot of change in my life, especially in soccer. I’ve had many different coaches and teammates. And with all these changes also came opportunities to branch out and grow. Every coach and teammate had something different to teach me, allowing me to learn from each and every single one of them. What a privilege change can be! (it’s ALL about your perspective)

2. Let go of things you can’t control – I can’t control everything that happens in my life, and you can’t either in your life! It’s helpful to recognize that. So, take things for what they are. I believe life is always happening FOR us, and with that being said, usually, the part of the “change” you can’t control is just life giving you an upgrade. (again, it’s ALL about your perspective)

3. Stay Present – I tend to only worry about uncertainty when I’m thinking about the future and what “could” happen. If we stay present and embrace the changes in our life, we will all be better and feel better because of it. (There’s some amazing content, tools, and strategies within Soccer Resilience® FC that have helped me, and I encourage you to check it out if you’re serious about taking your game and mindset to the next level – the great part is, it’s only $10 a month!)

As I close out here, you know I gotta leave you with a great quote:

“There is NO growth without change.”

Think about it, isn’t that so true?

In order for growth, we need change. Here’s my mindset—> My goal in life is to be the very best that I can be, so I choose to embrace change and see it as an opportunity to grow.

To recap, remember these three things:

1. Recognize change as an opportunity for growth.
2. Don’t focus on the things you cannot control.
3. Make the most of the present moment (“Right here, right now!”)

This will help you be the very best you can be!
I believe in you. Keep Grinding!

‘Optimize your mind for your Grind!’

Brandt Bronico
Charlotte FC #13

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