People Deal With Change Differently
Recently, I found out my company merged with another company. Scary, right? Not for me! This is the second time this happened within the last two years. What does this mean for everyone? CHANGE! In my role, I get a lot of feedback from my co-workers and I have realized people handle change differently. Some people adjust easily, while others really struggle with any kind if disruption.
How you approach, change will determine how successful you will be with the transformation. Every organization must evolve or they will not be effective. Granted you can measure change on different magnitudes but change is significant for success. Are you adaptable? If you are, you will see the positive side of change and will be at a definite advantage over your colleagues. Your personality will shine and people will take notice. Your encouraging outlook will help guide you through the change and make the transition more enjoyable. Having the right attitude is key!
If you are not adaptable, you will certainly struggle. You may be seen as inflexible or not a team player. Change can bring on unwanted anxiety and affect your performance. Your fear of the unknown can be emotionally paralyzing. So what do you do if you are the type of person that has a tough time handling change? First and foremost, accept what is beyond your control. By accepting you are not in control of the outcome, will free you from the fear of the unknown. The only reason to control the situation is that you think you know what outcome is best for you. Is that true? Do you always know what is best for you? Of course not! You do not even know all the possible endings.
If you want to be seen in a positive light, do not focus on the negative. Accept it and take positive action. Said Dr. Stephen R. Covey, “We control our actions, but the consequences that flow from those actions are controlled by principles.” It is okay to analyze the situation but know that the outcome is out of your control. Do not go into this blindly, be educated, but have an open mind for what awaits you at the end. Change can provide you better skills, larger responsibilities, greater insight, and more knowledge. Change can also lead you to new people, healthier lifestyle, and new opportunities.
Do not shut down when you hear the word “Change.” Do not run for the hills and hide under a rock hoping change will not touch you. Grab change by the horns and own it. Know confidently that no matter what happens you will be okay. In fact, you may actually gain something and grow as a person. If you shy away from change, you do not know all the possibilities that lie ahead for you. You are born with the will to survive and the need to thrive. Be convinced that change can only help you achieve your goals and then change will not be that scary. Do not fear change, embrace it!