Taking Charge of Change
They say no one likes change…except for a wet baby! That may or may not be true for all but the majority of us are creatures of habit. We want things to remain the same. However, never before has our human civilization experienced such rapid, even tumultuous change.
If you’re reading this article, Congratulations! You’ve survived! But you don’t want to just survive...you want to thrive, flourish, succeed and be the best you can be! How do you do that?
Like everything else in life, nothing great is achieved without working a plan, becoming aware, taking a risk, looking inward and becoming mindful of major transitions. Everyone's journey through the change process is different, but through acquiring knowledge and applying tools we can all succeed at it.
Four Key Components of Successful Change:
Jim Harris, author of “The Learning Paradox” sums it up well: People who are successful today have the ability to develop greater comfort with ambiguity and uncertainty. The discomfort of learning and changing never goes away but the tolerance for accepting them increases. Questions, not answers create security.
The second key aspect to successful change? YOU. No truer words were spoken about change then in Michael Jackson’s song“Man in the Mirror: “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change”. Accept what is and work with what you can control. e.g. your attitude
Dr. Rudy Tanzi author of “Super Brain”, states that we have the ability to rewire our thinking and negative responses to events we find stressful. He states: “You are not your brain. Your brain serves you.” It’s scientifically proven that we can teach our brains to reroute our stress response into a non-stress response. Incredible!
At times of change, listening is our greatest ally. When we listen intently and actively during times of change, we hear the why, where and how so we can become aware, analyze and take action. I call it “Triple A’ing Your Life” and it's a winning formula to reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with change.