Flexibility in times of change

I think it’s human nature to resist change. How many times have you actually heard someone say, “I love change?” The word “change” has been thrown around so loosely in the last year I don’t know how anyone hasn’t thought about it. This is something I have been reflecting on a lot lately.

It’s one thing to change your hair color or even the car you drive, but I am talking big change. As a species we appreciate consistency; it means that everything is ok. In these uncertain times people are facing dramatic changes – maybe even the biggest changes in their lifetime. Job losses, foreclosure, pay cuts, you name it, these things are happening all around us. So, how do you handle it when your world is shaken to the core like a winter snow globe? Do you collapse with fear or do you adapt quickly like a chameleon?

I truly believe that those who can adapt the quickest to change are more likely to survive once the dust settles. There are a few key elements to being able to adapt:

Look at the big picture. It’s important to not let the little things in life block your view of the bigger picture. Things will get better, but if you aren’t keeping your eye on the ever-changing horizon, you might end up back where you started.

Keep it lean. Evaluate your life and your business. What can you keep, and what can you live without? This doesn’t mean you should be eating Top Ramen every night for dinner, but having the awareness of what things you can cut out of your life will allow you to know what your next move will be when it is time to make a change.

Make your own rules. In the past, it has made sense to do things a certain way because that’s the way it has always been, but this no longer applies. Strategy is more important than ever. If something no longer makes sense for you or your business, don’t keep doing it.

Don’t be afraid to change. If there is a better way to run your business or be more efficient at your job, now it’s more important than ever to embrace it.

Stay patient. Change for the better is coming, but it’s probably not going to happen tomorrow. If you haven’t done it already, find a support network of like-minded individuals. There is no time better than the present to band together and help one another.

The only thing in life that is consistent is change – are you ready when it comes your way?

Megan Lane is an Account Executive at Imagine Marketing.
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