How to Embrace Medium’s New Changes Rather Than Fearing Them

You have two options: adapt or die.

This morning, Medium announced big changes they’ll be making to their Medium Partnership Program starting next week.

I felt the same excitement I did when I first started writing on this platform, but there was a side of me that was resisting and dreading the new changes.

However, I’ve learned to deal with change, so that only lasted a moment. The excitement completely drowned out the discomfort, and I’m looking forward to October 28th.

I won’t go over what the changes are because I know you know what they are, but such big changes are making some people uncomfortable because they’re not used to change or don’t like it.

Perhaps you’re not good with change, and you feel nervous about what’s coming rather than hopeful.

The biggest problem with resisting change is the pessimism that results. It might be really easy to attack Medium, complain, and already proclaim your earnings will decrease.

When your comfort zone is attacked, all you want to do is attack back. Change is scary, and it makes you want to protect your safe zone with all you have.

However, eventually, that zone will be destroyed. That’s a promise.

It might stand for a while — you could avoid writing on Medium, for a bit, or ignore the new stats — but eventually, you’ll have no choice but to give in.

The only thing that never changes is how often things will change.

You have two options: Adapt or die

You can choose to go with the flow or you can grumble and groan. If you choose to adapt, you’ll waste no time and jump right in — maybe seeing great results right away.

If you choose to remain stubborn and in your comfort zone, you’ll start fading away. You’ll waste time while others get ahead of you.

Life moves on and so should we.”

— Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life?

As I said, change can be terrifying because it attacks what we know — what we’re certain of.

In an article, Ban Weston wrote, “We like ‘Certainty.’ Certainty brings with it clarity and predictability, therefore change may often activate a threat circuitry in the brain. This can trigger powerful effects on our body and our emotions — which we refer to as ‘stress.’ David Rock, author of the ‘Handbook of Neuroleadership’ explains that uncertainty registers as an error, gap, or tension in the brain: something that must be corrected before one can feel comfortable again. That is why people crave certainty.”

We crave certainty, but that comfort is what keeps people from trying new things and taking risks.

The people who take uncomfortable actions are the ones who do brilliant things like create airplanes, invent iPhones, and write books.

The ones who do everything in their power to keep circumstances the same are the ones whose lives are dictated by fear.

They have dreams and goals that could possibly change the world, but they don’t want anything different from what they know so they fade away.

Those fears are just in your head

Our brains expect the worst to happen, but the truth is, those fears are just in your head.

While change can feel dramatic, it usually never is. Moving away from home, across the world is dramatic. Medium changing the way the Medium Partnership Program works is big, but there’s nothing to worry about.

Your fears are trying to keep you safe, but you can’t let them manipulate you. You have to see beyond them and see the possibilities rather than what could go wrong.

“What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.”

Spencer Johnson

Don’t be afraid of change. Embrace it and get ready to own what’s coming — not just on Medium, but in your life.

It’s normal to feel afraid, but remember to stop expecting the worst. Change also brings positive things that can change your life forever.

Choose to see the good and adapt. Choose to feel excited about change rather than fear it.

“If you do not change, you can become extinct!”

Spencer Johnson

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