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How to handle change.

Posted by Michael Brown on April 19, 2005

Change isn’t easy; like I said last week, we inherently dislike change as we typically fear the unknown. So, that tends to make change difficult. Now, I’ve always believed we value something that we have to work hard for, so when we do make a hard won change, it’s something we can be proud of. Here’s a few suggestions as to how to face any changes you want to make in your life:

  • Don’t be afraid. Ultimately, YOU are in control of your changes. Even if change is forced on you by external circumstances (like the loss of your job) YOU are still in control of your own actions. Change can be very rewarding, so look at it as an opportunity.
  • Envision the successful outcome of your change. That’s your carrot, or the light at the end of your tunnel. When you have a clear picture of where you want to be, it will help you figure out how to get there, as well as help you deal with the inevitable “course corrections” you’ll need along the way.
  • How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! Implement your change in smaller, manageable “bite-size” pieces. This will keep you from getting discouraged, and will help you gain confidence that you are progressing towards your goal.

Change isn’t easy, but it can be very rewarding. I’ve gone back to being self-employed after having worked for big tech firms for 5 years, and I find it very rewarding. I have a client who made a total switch from paper-based organization to a Treo smartphone, and he’ll never go back. So, don’t be reluctant to change; be bold, envision your desired outcome and go for it! You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

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