For most of us, change is inevitable. It’s something that’s bound to happen sooner or later. And when it does happen, whether in your personal and professional life, you’ll find yourself in a really difficult position.
Anticipating the changes is one way to make them easier to adjust to. However, as change often means stepping out of comfort zones, making the necessary adjustments won’t be as easy as it sounds. And as a result, achieving your goals becomes harder, too.
We cannot avoid it and the more we resist change the tougher our life becomes. Change as John F Kennedy quoted is a Law of Life. We are surrounded by change and it is the one thing that has the most dramatic impact on our lives. There is no avoiding it as it will find you, challenge you and force you to reconsider how to live your life.
It can come into our lives as a result of a crisis, as a result of choice or just by chance. In either situation, we are all faced with having to make a choice – do we make the change or not?
We cannot avoid the unexpected events (crisis) in our lives, as it is these events that challenge us and force us to step out of our comfort zone. If we ignore or hide away from the challenge of change, we deny ourselves the opportunity to learn and grow.
There is no escaping the impact that change can bring into in your life. Managing it in life is key to living a life where you are not only surviving but thriving as well.
Team Inspiring Life provides you with 5 strategies to adapt to change.
5 strategies to adapt to change.
1. Accept the change.
Understand that change is a natural part of life, both in and outside of the workplace. By learning to accept that change is a natural occurrence in the workplace, we can more quickly adapt when it happens. Remind yourself that many of the best opportunities in life show up when we are open to change.
Let go of the way things used to be, whether it was the processes the company used, the people you worked with or the supervisors you worked for. Remind yourself that change means there could be enormous opportunities coming.
2. Set new Goal
Setting a new goal can help to renew your purpose and give you the clarity of focus. It can bring a new mindset shift that directs your energy and propels you forward. Instead of worrying about the change, you can focus on the actions that will move you towards your goal. This can have a powerful impact on your energy and state of mind.
3. Stay Positive
Regardless of what group, department or company you are working with, a positive attitude is essential. Maintaining the ability to view a potential change with a positive attitude is integral to your ability to adjust rapidly. Focus on what could be made possible because of this change.
Jump right in and meet the new people you will be working with directly. Look for ways to leverage your abilities to the fullest extent within the new role, as it can have a big impact on everyone around you.
4. Focus on what you can control.
Allow yourself to be pulled into your work and focus on the tasks and responsibilities you have complete control over. This shift in mindset, away from what you can’t control, can leave you feeling happier and more fulfilled.
To help yourself focus on big projects or even big obstacles, try breaking them into small pieces. Ask yourself what you can achieve today and focus on the problem or project one piece at a time. The important thing is to only try to control things you can control.
This is also a great opportunity to reflect on what you want from your career, also something you have enormous control over. Identify any skills you want to learn or further develop and add those to your list of goals to focus on. Knowing you can control your own professional development will increase your feelings of personal satisfaction, even as you find your workplace evolving.
5. Self Reflection.
Take some time to relax and think about what you’ve already accomplished and what your goals are for your new role. Think about what skills you need to acquire, who you need to meet and assess your entire situation. Talk with your new manager so that they realize what you’re looking to get out of the role and set expectations for the deliverables you’re going to be working on.