I wrote an article in July 2015 titled “The Only Constant is Change” that addressed this very same topic – embracing change. It seems that change was a constant then just as it is today. The one thing we can count on is that we will experience change no matter if we are pursuing it or it is pursuing us.
This spring I had the fortunate opportunity to facilitate several workshops on “Who Moved My Cheese?” which is all about change and how we perceive it and, more importantly, how we react to it. The book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, has been around for a long time. I read it when I was a young Captain in the U.S. Air Force and know the concepts of embracing change hold true to this day. That might be the only thing that hasn’t changed…that change will happen so anticipate and manage it as best you can. How can you do that?
Let me provide you a few tips for making the most of change:
• Recognize that Change Happens. Take a look at your life. I’m sure you have experienced many changes, some personal and some professional. You have and will continue to experience change. It is a given.
• Anticipate Change. You know change will continue to happen so prepare and anticipate change as much as you can in order to best manage the implications that come with change.
• Monitor Change. As things change, monitor the impact, both positively and otherwise. Don’t just let change happen to you. Ask yourself, “How can I make the most of this change?”
• Adapt to Change Quickly. Adapting quickly is generally tougher when it’s a change we didn’t initiate or welcome. Wallowing in the misery of change doesn’t make it any less of a change. Don’t fight it. Move with it. Get on board as quickly as you can.
• Change. Make the change. It’s that simple. Just do it so you don’t stay stuck.
• Enjoy Change. Change doesn’t have to be a negative experience. It’s what we make of it. And many times once we get through it, we realize that although we may not have liked it at first, we are much better off in the long term because of the change. Remember, everything happens for a reason. And who wants the alternative – to stay stuck or left behind? Make the most of it!
Embracing change is not always easy, however the better we are able to adapt and move on, a better place we will be. Change is a process, not an event and it takes courage to let go of the familiar and embrace the new. And although change is difficult at times, not changing can be fatal.
Karen Gregory, SPHR is president and owner of HRSS Consulting Group and in Merritt Island. Karen is also a mentor for weVENTURE’s IGNITE 360® Transition Business Mentoring Program.