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As we enter 2019, we should all try to adopt Fearne Cotton’s brilliant attitude toward change.

Sometimes it feels like the world can be divided into two types of people: those who run away from the slightest mention of change and those who seem to embrace it with ease.

Fearne Cotton falls into the latter. While making an appearance on Lorraine this week, Cotton revealed the reasons why she’s leaving Celebrity Juice after 10 years (an announcement she made on Instagram in December). 

“I did 10 brilliant years there and 20 series and I loved it so, so much and I’ll walk away missing the gang massively,” she told host Lorraine Kelly. “I think you need to have change and have a shake-up in life every now and again, and take risks and feel a bit scared again.”

She continued: “It was the same when I left Radio 1 – I left on a bit of a high and wanted to try something new and have a new adventure. It’s very much with that sort of feeling attached to it.”

Naturally, feeling scared is something which we try to avoid. However, Cotton is right: while embracing change can be a terrifying concept, it’s an essential component for a successful career – especially in 2019. And it’s worked so well for her. Not only has she been a TV presenter, but she’s worked in radio, written books and created a brilliant podcast, too.

Like Cotton, Beth Comstock – the former vice chair of General Electric – also encourages women to embrace change in their evolving careers and in the workplace, too. 

In Comstock’s debut book, Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change, she hits home why viewing change in a positive light is vital.

“It’s against our nature to embrace change,” Comstock told Stylist.co.uk at the end of last year. “As humans we are adaptation machines. This is how we got to where we are because we’re so good at adapting.”

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But, as employees, we need to start feeling comfortable about change in the workplace as the “dynamic is changing in front of us”.

To achieve this, Comstock advises adopting small everyday challenges.

“The one thing I do is give myself permission to do something. I give myself permission to take a risk on something, to go explore something new, to say that I need to learn about something,” says Comstock.

“Or take a new route when you commute in the morning – maybe drive along a different road. Walk a different way to work because when you go back to your old route, I guarantee you’ll see things that you didn’t notice – you’ll come back with a different perspective.”

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If you’ve been thinking about making a career change this year, then follow Cotton’s lead and embrace it with open arms (with a touch of fear, too). You can read Stylist’s guide on how to do so here.

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Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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