Three Rules for Embracing Change

Change is awesome!  Don’t you think?

Not everyone embraces change with that fervor, and I understand that some change can be uncomfortable, but the fact is that changes challenge us to do things differently, think of things differently, and perform differently.  While change is sometimes not of our own choosing, it really is critical that we see the opportunity in change to make our lives better.  Here are three perspectives on change that can help you to better embrace change and make it work for you:

1. Change is the byproduct of growth.  As with our physical bodies, when we grow, we change.  So is the case with our minds, spirits, and skills.  Working toward improving our myriad of skills allows us to do better the things about which we are passionate.  Whether it’s communication skills, negotiation skills, or even a skill employed in a specific trade, we must work to improve.  As we improve our skills, we grow.  As we grow, we change.  This is powerful change, and it is the result of our work.  It is earned change, and there is no substitute for the change that comes about as a result of our hard work.

2. Change keeps our senses sharp and alert.  Change often challenges us to reconsider strategy and direction.  Envision a scene from a game in the woods.  At the slightest crackle of leaves underfoot, a player might rationally change direction completely when sensing the approach of an enemy.  When we experience change in this way, we listen with greater sincerity for information that tells us what we’re doing well and what we’re not. We process information more carefully and are more prone to put into action what our change is telling us needs to happen to survive.

3. Change forces us to stay competitive.  In a competitive climate, change is demonstrated through flexibility and adaptability.  Staying nimble enough, and plugged in enough, to constantly build competitive advantage and nuance requires a strong sense of self and more humility than ego.  We all want to believe that our answer is the best and most appropriate, but we aren’t always the ones who get to judge that.  It is our customer that decides what’s best for them.  We have to be willing to adapt our answer to their problem to satisfy the need that THEY see, not the need that WE see.

In all three of these examples, change is good, and it is powerful.  Your glass is either half full or half empty.  If yours is half empty, change can be devastating and frightening.  Change happens to you, and you are its victim.  When your glass is half full, change is more proactive and represents opportunities all over the place.  Either case is a choice, and I challenge you to savor the positive effects of change, not the negative.

Go ahead and fill that glass up to overflowing!   Look around you right now and determine the changes you need to make or are already making.  Challenge yourself to see opportunities for growth, proactivity, and greater competitive differentiators.  Tomorrow Begins Today.

One thought on “Three Rules for Embracing Change

  1. Robin Cole says:

    Change upsets our sense of control. If I resist change, I think (futilely) that I can maintain my grip on control. But that’s exactly how to lose control.

    You describe a different view of embracing opportunities for responding to our client’s needs, by being nimble and flexible proactively. Feeling the sense of loss of control is greatest when we’re reactive, and we gain a greater sense of control by leading and being proactive.

    Great post, Mike.

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