It’s safe to say that some of us embrace change more willingly than others. Whether it’s dealing with something small, like a new phone, or something bigger, like a different job, there are those among us who respond to the unknown by metaphorically (or literally) curling up in a ball. Others, meanwhile, love to mix things up, seeing it as an opportunity to try or learn something new.
In our fast-paced modern world, the only constant we can rely on is change. We’re continuously having to make changes in how we work, who we work with and how we deal with people. And if the past few years are anything to go by, our ability to evolve from resistance to change, to acceptance of change, will be a highly prized commodity.
If you’re someone who normally shudders at the thought of change, here are some tips to help you shift your thinking and become more adaptable.
- Get curious – Seek more information about the change and find out why it’s happening; this will help to reduce any overwhelming feelings you may have. (As a side note, it’s also worth questioning why you’re resisting the change; what is it that’s making you feel scared or uneasy or anxious?)
- Don’t go it alone – Most people will react to change thinking ‘it’s difficult’; instead, change your mindset to ‘it’s achievable’. If you need support, find out who might be able to help you and whether any training is available. Sharing your commitment to change can also help. Research shows that your chances of meeting a goal sit at 65 per cent once you commit to another person; this increases to 95 per cent when you have an accountability partner (so maybe find yourself one of those!).
- Lean into the experience – Change is a whole lot easier if you don’t fight it. In the ocean, you don’t swim against the current, you swim with it – and, as a result, you exert much less effort. Try to accept the change and go with the flow.
- Think about the opportunity – While you might be hardwired to look for all the negatives that come with change, think about the positives. What benefits or learning opportunities does it offer that might help you to grow and evolve?
- Practice makes perfect – The best way to conquer change is to just do it. And then keep doing it. We’ve spoken before about the importance of commitment over motivation. If you show up and do the work, the change will come.
If you’re looking for more ways to open yourself to change, check out this TED Talk, which explores how to measure (and improve) your adaptability. It’s such a hot skill right now!
– The Coach Place Global
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