We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: change is hard! Human beings have evolved to view change suspiciously, as a potential threat to our survival. But another part of our evolution allows us to override our fear and embrace – or at least adapt to – the many changes that life throws at us.
Accepting change is all about shifting our perspective… and sometimes we need a little support to do that. Here are five times a video helped us to hate change a little less!
David Foster Wallace offers us a crash course in re-framing, and choosing to see the world – all of reality, really – with a little perspective.
If we can’t re-frame, we often blame. As much as we hate to admit it, we’ve all pointed a finger at someone else instead of ourselves when we’re feeling overwhelmed, especially by newness and change. Brene Brown sees right through us, my friend!
Have you ever started a new job and had to learn a bunch of acronyms and idioms that are second nature to everyone else and completely foreign to you? Yeah, Weird Al feels your pain.
We know climate change is a serious threat to our existence, but managing this enormous change – and preventing further change – can be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be! This informative, approachable, evidence-based video from Vox lays out how America can leave fossil fuels behind in a way that makes us feel like it’s really possible!
And then there’s this whole pandemic we’re adjusting to – with many kids starting school this week, parents are having to juggle work and some combination of remote and in-person education. On the one hand we’ve adapted to the changes brought about by COVID-19 as best as we can, and on the other hand we may never really adapt to this change (nor should we! It’s not normal and shouldn’t become normal!). This music teacher wrote a song for all of us.
BONUS VIDEO: we take our health and wellness seriously here at Next Day Animations, but admit to being a little nervous to visit the dentist during COVID. Then we got to work on this project with our amazing clients at North Carolina Dental Society, and it made us feel way better about getting our teeth taken care of!
So let’s be gentle with ourselves and each other as we navigate changes big and small, personal and global, and remember that if you’re having a hard time with something, someone else probably is too. And if you’re lucky, they made a video about it and put it on the internet.
Need help managing change within your organization, client base, or network? We’d love to talk more about how an animated explainer video can make it easier!