If you're anything like me when you were in college, you thought that at some point, your life would stabilize and you'd ride out the rest of your adulthood in peace. If only that were true.
It only takes minutes into your adulthood to realize that change is the name of the game. Here is a short list of examples:
• A new manager
• Aging parents
• Two words: corporate restructuring
• Choosing a partner
• Kids going to college
• Changing jobs
• Being promoted
That list alone is enough to make you stop breathing, take to your bed, and ask to be awakened when things get back to "normal."
I received this quote a few weeks ago, and it stopped me in my tracks:
“If you don’t like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less.” — General Shinseki
Well…. yes... I had to admit that it's true. If you look back over various times in your life, change was a prominent feature (even in college). And if you didn't embrace change, what were you going to do? Continue to live in a dorm and eat ramen noodles out of a hot pot? Not an attractive option.
So, if change is the only stability, what do you do to stay sane and prevent overwhelm? Here are five things you can do to maintain your peace of mind in the face of constant change:
1. Expect change. In every situation. If you don't resist change and aren't surprised by it, you will be able to handle it more gracefully.
2. Stay present. Just because change is inevitable doesn't mean you have to worry about it. Just stay where you are and focus on right now.
3. When everyone is healthy and things are good at work, be grateful and enjoy yourself!
4. Plan for change. Embrace the changes in your industry and learn the skills to keep up with those changes. Go to conferences. Read articles by opinion leaders. Never let the words, "that's the way we've always done it" fall from your lips. By doing these things, you'll stay relevant.
5. Change your attitude about change. Start to see change as a grand adventure rather than as a scary future. Start to see it as the path to learning rather than a roadblock to your progress. You have to manage change anyway. You may as well make it fun and useful.
If you do these 5 things, you'll stay relevant and current. You'll have opportunities when things change. You'll be ready to weather change more smoothly. And you'll feel a whole lot better when change inevitably happens.
I hope this helps!
With rebel love,
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