Have you ever stopped to think about the importance of change? Look around you. What’s changed over the years? Look in front of you! At the very device you are using to read this very message! A lot of change had to take place to get us where we are today and a lot of change will continue to take place each and every day in every life across the globe.
I have been speaking on the topic of Change since 1990. I have 12 Powerhouse Strategies for Thriving on Change and want to share 3 of my top strategies for thriving on change with you today.
These strategies for thriving on change will work whether the change is personal or professional; whether you are being forced to change or you are initiating the change.
Top Strategies for Thriving On Change
Anticipate and Prepare – This dynamic duo is a great beginning point. Incorporate the habit of keeping your ears and eyes open to what’s going on around you at all times. This attentive nature paired with preparation is going to have others saying “It seems you are prepared for everything! You’re certainly on top of your game!” Anticipate the direction things are going and what might occur along the way. For example, when your organization decides on using a new software program do you wait for them to install it at your desk or do you proactively begin searching for information on the program – the ups and downs of the program and how to troubleshoot through any hiccups? Anticipation is the awareness that the change is coming and preparation is educating and equipping yourself before the change occurs.
Visualize – In its simplest form there are two ways to look at change. One person may look at the uncertainty of what’s to come with the change and see danger while the other person may see opportunity. We, as human beings, tend to focus on the danger and we get caught up in our fear. I advise you to choose to focus on the opportunity of change and visualize success. When you’re going through something extremely difficult and you just don’t see how any good can come of it – my challenge to you is to focus on the lesson of the experience. It won’t be easy but it’s absolutely necessary to stay focused on the opportunity of change.
Get Support – It’s really hard to go through change on our own. Get support from your family and friends. I like to call these people my “Inner Circle.” I must caution you that if you have a friend or family member around that impresses their doubts and fears on you, you won’t want to lean on them for support. I have a really great friend who I love to be around. She’s very active and also owns her own business. We’ve been through a lot together. I know I can count on her because she always has a “Life is Good” attitude no matter what is going on in her life or how challenging things are. We inspire each other.
As they say, the only thing that is certain is change. So it’s incredibly important that we understand how to effectively cope with change and that we hold strategies to manage ourselves through change. No matter what type of change you’re in the midst of right now, know that we have faith in you, we’re here for you and we are visualizing your success through the change.
These are just a few of my top strategies for thriving on change. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below and let’s talk about what we can do to effectively manage ourselves through change.