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Gemma McCaw on how to embrace change

Gemma McCaw's tips on embracing change in the workplace, in your relationships or at home.

By: Gemma McCaw

Former Black Sticks captain Gemma McCaw has made a career out of being fit and healthy, so she knows a thing or two about wellness. Each week Gemma shares her tips on how to live healthier, from getting started on your fitness to how to increase your water intake. This week she gives her advice on how to embrace change.

After almost a decade of playing hockey for the Black Sticks, I have decided that it’s time to call it a day. While the news of my retirement became public last week, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for many months now.

And it’s certainly been the biggest, most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make. But after winning the National Hockey League with the Midlands team last month, I was on such a high that suddenly my decision was made clearer and easier.

It takes incredible commitment to be part of a national team and after a decade, it feels like the right time to move on. I’m excited about having more time to focus on my career, not to mention more time with my friends and family.

I will always be grateful for the amazing experiences and memories.

Change isn’t easy, but here are some tips for making big decisions and embracing new directions ...

Don't rush in
When faced with a big decision, it’s important to take your time and process your feelings. Making rash moves can backfire. Try to approach change with a calm, clear mind. If you’re struggling, it might help to write a list of pros and cons.

Don't look back
We can’t always control change in our lives, but we can control how we respond. Try to look to the future with a positive attitude. It is counterproductive to spend time looking back and dwelling on what you’re missing. Accept the past and embrace the future!

Be brave
It takes courage to embrace change, but one door closing often means many exciting new doors opening in front of us. Always ask, “What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?” Being open to new opportunities can lead us to amazing new places, so be bold and go for it!

Phone a friend
If you’re having sleepless nights over a looming decision, turn to friends and family for help. Sharing your worries can make a huge difference and other people’s perspectives may well provide clarity on which way to turn. A problem shared is a problem halved!