Put simply, most of us see life from one of two perspectives: we either see life as fixed or we see it as fluid. Incredible things happen when we see life as fluid and we practice the principles of thriving on change for growth, success, and acceleration.
Thriving on change is like that evolving process of changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
The key is to welcome change rather than resist it. Change is inevitable. Here are seven tips for thriving on change when change comes:
- Anticipate change every day. This will help you stay flexible and ready to adapt. Enjoy the challenge of doing things differently.
- Search for ways to excel because of change. Find new ways in which change can propel you forward and help you grow, achieve and succeed. It will eliminate the fear.
- Take pride in being able to adapt quickly to new change. True security comes from knowing you can adjust to whatever happens in your career, business and life and you have control over your fear.
- Look for what you can control, versus what is out of your control when change comes. By doing this, you will gain more satisfaction by making a difference and you will have more input and impact on your future.
- Try new things all the time. Learn as much as you can about your work (your business) and of the people who work around you. In this way, you will have more skills and know-how for future promotions (or business growth). This makes you more valuable (to your employer or your clients) when change occurs.
- Be direct and honest with people during change. This builds trust, respect and cooperation. Learn to say ‘no’.
- Understand what’s causing the change (pinpoint the ‘why’ behind it). Once you discover the factors and conditions that drive the change, it will be easier to participate actively in the change.
The tips above were about thriving on change. Now let’s focus on being prepared for change.
High-achievers expect change all the time. They are ready for it; they embrace it and then they run with it. Below are 6 tips to prepare you for change in your professional career so that you experience growth, success, and acceleration.
The key is to be willing to take risks. Limit the ‘play-it-safe’ attitude. When you attempt new tasks and learn new skills, it will always bring success.
- Take seriously the new way your organization does business; apply the new styles in your work. Exceptional performers understand the company’s shifting objectives and they transform them into productivity.
- Be flexible and spontaneous in your endeavors. This means you may not know how to do new things all the time, but you can learn anything if you are willing.
- Find ways to contribute what you enjoy doing to the process of change. As your company changes, volunteer to do tasks you enjoy. Understand how the flow of change may accelerate you toward your purpose and intention.
- Be alert to new trends in your field. Recognize the signs of new direction. Resist hanging on to traditional thinking and old ways. Stop saying: “We don’t do it that way” or “We have always done it this way.”
- Be a ‘possible’ thinker. The more certain you feel something is possible, the more strongly you should support what’s happening. Believing is the key to success.
- Solve problems by remembering how you handled similar situations in the past. The more you draw on past experiences, the easier your new choices become. Familiarity promotes confidence.
Now, I am sure that all of you have faced some obstacles in your lives. What I have learned: it is the attitude we hold within and the measures we take to overcome those obstacles that make us stand out as a person committed to change and dedicated to success and acceleration.
I have found that tremendous happiness occurs when you let go of what others expect of you. It’s about trusting yourself so that you can overcome the obstacles to change in your personal and work life.
I would say that 90% the time, most people’s greatest enemy is the fear of failure, the fear of rejection, the fear of looking silly or sounding ridiculous and last but not least the fear of what others may say or think about you.
Here are tips for overcoming obstacles to change so that you can begin to use those creative juices to achieve growth, success, and acceleration in your career, business and life.
- Try not to be perfect. Focus on what you are doing instead of what you are not doing.
- Build a team of peers who support creative thinking and powerful alternatives.
- Avoid those people who are labeled ‘idea busters’.
- If it is not broken; don’t fix it.
- Set aside time to brainstorm.
- Dream big then dream bigger.
- Last but certainly not least, never quit or give up.
Start by never expecting opportunities to come to you; you must look for opportunities, and know when to grab them. Develop and use your creativity, courage and determination and pretty soon you will see infinite opportunities and possibilities all around you.
Creativity happens when you expect the impossible to become the possible. Start to fine tune what you are doing so it will be a springboard to more creative ideas.
Whatever makes you stop… get rid of it and always remember that change opens new doors and infinite possibilities.
Always remember that change opens new doors and infinite possibilities. Are you ready for change?© Copyright 2013 Laureen Wishom