I would suggest that each of you find the article in Fast Company written by Alan Deutschman, Change or Die! In the article Mr. Deutschman makes a really good case for the necessity for change, but more importantly that most people won’t change. And, if they do they don’t stick with the change. He sites reference of the thousands of people who have heart disease and need to change behavioral patterns, but they don’t! Pick up the article or email me and I’ll send you a link. Until then… here’s my take on change.
Change is not about keeping up with the marketplace… it’s about being alert!
When companies try to sell change to their employees they often mention that the company has to stay on a level playing field with the rest of the world. Although that’s very true, there is a more important reason for accepting change – it keeps us alert! It causes us to learn new ways of handling situations and pushes us to expand our behavioral horizons. The companies that stand out in this market place will be those that are looking for change because they know it creates growth – both personally and corporately.
Here are my “energy suggestions” on how to approach change. We’ll discuss one of them in the next three Energy Tips.
• Change is inevitable, control over change is not. • Change requires us to give up something to get something better. • Changing our emotions is the key to changing our minds.
Energy Performance Tip: Change is inevitable. It’s not ‘if’ change is going to happen, it’s ‘when’ it will happen. It happens in spite of all the complaining we do or how hard we try to stop it. Of course we all know that the real issue is not the change, it’s the fear of it. We’re concerned about how well we will perform or if we can perform at all. So, it feels natural to fight change, after all, I’m confident of my abilities now – don’t know what it will be like after the change. So the issue becomes one of control, not controlling change, but controlling my react to it. The more my reaction is one of resistance the more energy I drain needlessly. It’s a lot like quicksand, the harder I fight the deeper I go! I’ve seen teams spend an inordinate amount of energy ‘digging in their heals’ about impending change, where they would have spent less energy finding ways to deal with it.
“Change does not change tradition. It strengthens it. Change is a challenge and an opportunity, not a threat.” - Prince Phillip of England
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” - Anon
Energy Development Tip: There are two question every person needs to ask when going through change:
1) “What am I afraid of?”
2) “What’s the worse thing that can happen?”
Once you answer these questions you will use your energy more effectively when change occurs. Determine that you will have control over what you can control – your attitude!
“The most significant change in a person’s life is a change of attitude. Right attitudes produce right actions.” - William J. Johnston
“The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That’s all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow.” - Will Gracia
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