You always have a choice!
I?love change! I love the new, the shiny, the unknown. It excites me and gives me energy to pursue new goals and challenge myself to do things differently. I?m at the extreme end of the change scale! At the other end of the scale are people who hate change, they do the same thing, day in ? day out. They often live in the same town they were born in and sometimes even the same house. They wear the same style of clothing and eat the same kind of food. They?ve had the same job their whole lives and rarely hold a passport. Having grown up in the country I could list a few who sit at this end of the scale.
Then, in the middle of the scale are people who say they don?t like change but update their car every three-five years, follow the latest fashion trends or holiday in a different destination each year. When speaking with these people it?s clear that it?s not ?change? they dislike but the feeling of being controlled?like they don?t have a choice.
In a work environment, people in the middle, risk being perceived as ?adverse to change? or ?change resistant?, which can impact their ability to progress. In actual fact they simply want to feel included, like they?ve played a role in the change process.
Carol Kinsey Gomon supports the concept, of needing choice, in her change article ?10 Change Management Strategies That Are Backed By Science?. One of her strategies is to ?let people create change?. Through brain research they were able to identify that ?at the moment when someone chooses to change, their brain scan shows a tremendous amount of activity as insight develops, and the brain begins building new and complex connections?. She highlights that when people solve a problem by themselves, ?the brain releases a rush of neurotransmitters like adrenaline and this natural high becomes associated positively with the change experience?.
How you approach change is a choice. The frequency and speed of change have increased and your ability to succeed depends on the choices you make. So love change and succeed or hate change and risk failure, but make a choice.
If you choose success, here?s a few pointers that will help you maintain control and keep you moving forward?
- Focus on the bigger picture ? gain clarity on your own direction.
- Ask yourself what choices do you need to make that will move you toward your direction, now!
- Choose a mindset that is conducive to success, instead of one that might hold you back.
- Maintain balance in your life, make sure work isn?t your only focus.
- Think about how do you deal with other uncontrollable changes in your life?
- For example, how do you react when you get stuck in traffic or your flight is delayed?
- Is your way of dealing with these situations optimal?
- What alternatives are available that might improve the way to feel about change?
- ?Ask lots of questions. Be curious and finally?
- Embrace the discomfort you feel when change occurs, it?s a sign that you?re learning!
Buy a copy of my newly released book ?The Direction Dilemma?. This book will help you identify if you are running away from something you don?t want or towards something you do. You?ll understand how to set and achieve goals, how to navigate your leadership career with clarity and purpose and how to inspire yourself and others to reach their full potential. Because the reality is that you are in control of your career and of your outcomes and solving your direction dilemma is the best way forward.
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