5 Tips for Managing Change
Nothing stays the same. Managing
is now more important than ever.
Today, in this fast-paced, unpredictable world, not only is
change inevitable, it is happening more quickly than ever before. It is
becoming a way of life.
It's not enough that we have
to deal with the normal personal changes that we all go through in
life. These days, however, we also have broader issues to
contend with, such
as the global economy, the domestic economy (job loss, company
closures), the environment, technology, and changing cultural values.
As challenging and difficult as it may be, and as resistant we
are to it, we have to learn to manage change.
Most of us are comfortable with the known and uncomfortable
with the unknown. (see Expand
Your Comfort Zone)
It is in our best interests, however, to learn to accept
change - even embrace it and welcome its challenges.
We can even come to terms with the fact that change can
actually be good for us since it helps us develop and encourages us to
Here are 5 Tips for Managing Change:
- Take care of yourself.
Managing change can be stressful if you are not prepared, so be sure to
take care of yourself. Eat a balanced diet, exercise
regularly and get enough sleep. Take time to relax. When
you are healthy, you are better equipped and in a better frame of mind
to handle anything. If, on the other hand, you are already stretched to
your limits and having trouble coping, change will only add to your
- Be open and flexible.
Knowing that change can occur at any time helps you accept and adjust
to it when does happen. Be able to let go of expectations that no
longer fit what is currently going on in the world. Certainly, at no
other time in history has there ever been so much change or happening
as rapidly as it is today. Even though most of us prefer to settle into
comfortable predictable routines, realize that your current routine is
- Stay positive and put it in perspective.
We all have the ability to control our inner and emotional responses to
whatever happens. Our attitudes towards it and how we choose to deal
with it is totally up to us. With that in mind, look for the positive
outcomes of change - there are always some. In fact, how you react to
it can often determine the outcome.
- Take control of your life.
You can manage change by taking
control of your life. Use your critical thinking skills. We
all know that some change is forthcoming. Therefore, ask yourself what
can you do in advance to help prepare for the transition. Make a list
of options. Determine the best approaches. Take charge of your thoughts
and actions. If you are mentally and psychologically prepared for
change, it will not rock your world when it happens.
- Make changes.
Become the change agent. Sometimes we are forced into
making changes because we allow ourselves to get stuck in a routine or
lifestyle that is no longer working for us. If, however, we anticipate
it and become active rather than reactive, we can take control of a
situation. We can look at where we need to make adjustments
and then take action. Doing so can prevent the stress and anxiety that
accompany unexpected change.
Change in life is inevitable. Rather than fear or try avoid
it, our best course of action is to accept it, meet it head on and
allow it to be a positive, constructive force in our lives.
Quotes on Change
Expand Your Comfort Zone