Change is the one constant we must manage every day.
Change can come from outside of us, looking for some sort of acknowledgement, acceptance, reaction or adjustment.
It can also come from within. It can be driven by dissatisfaction, aspiration, anger or fear.
Is a reorganization happening that puts your job at risk? Putting your head in the sand is not going to make it go away. Are you unhappy with your current role? Putting a smile on your face and pretending isn’t going to make you love it.
No matter where change initiates, one thing is certain – it is only through facing change head on that we can begin to address it.
The pace of change is so fast that we may feel that we are caught in a series of waves, forcing us to respond in the moment. Facing change means being honest with ourselves that it is upon us. That we have a choice in how we respond.
Our honesty can make a difference in whether our response is positive or negative, habitual or intentional, proactive or reactive. Though a wave is crashing over us, we get to decide whether we want to panic, and what good it will do us. Decide whether we should duck down and wait it out. Or maybe ride the wave to shallow waters and build ourselves a bigger boat.
Regardless of the change, we must look it dead in the eye and say “I see you.” Then, and only then, can we figure out how to make it work for us, rather than work us over.