“When the world changes…you have to figure out what to do because complaining isn’t a strategy” – Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com
I’ve recently experienced a lot of change at my day job that has impacted my life in a variety of ways. Some of the change has been good, some indifferent and some bad. I understand why some of the change was put in place but, the initial outcome has been frustrating and discouraging. While I know things can be much worse, I really enjoyed the work environment I was in prior these changes.
l have been thinking about my situation and how to stay positive during this transition. I’ve been writing down these thoughts and I feel the process has helped improve my outlook on the situation. I wanted to share these thoughts as a continual reminder to myself and hopefully it can benefit others as well.
Recognize What You Can Control
You may not be able to control how or when change occurs but you can control how you respond to it.
Maintaining positive attitude is key to successfully adapting to change. I know when I’m frustrated the last thing I want to have is a positive attitude. There is nothing wrong with feeling frustrated or sulking but its important have your pity party and move on. If you don’t move on and regain a positive attitude, negativity will creep into other areas of your life. Focusing on the benefits of your new situation (no matter how small) can go a long way in regaining a positive attitude. Also, recognizing what you are grateful for in your business and personal life helps provide prospective during challenging times.
When an unwanted change occurs it can be easy to give up and feel like a victim. Having a victim mentality will result in being less effective in your business. Rather than letting the situation affect you negatively, use it as an opportunity to increase your effort and create a better situation. Increasing effort will helps yield positive results, even if it won’t undo the change that has occurred.
Recognize New Opportunities
Obtain New Skills & Knowledge
Use your situation as a catalyst for gaining new skills and knowledge. If an unwanted change has caused your business to be less profitable, use it as opportunity to find products or services your customer’s want. If you get transferred to a new position, use it as a opportunity to learn new skills.
Technology and business constantly change whether its the advent of the printing press, electricity, computers, the internet or any other disruptive change. It’s important to be aware of those changes and to view them as opportunities for growth.
Make New Connections
Change usually brings new people and places. Make the most of the situation by expanding your network and connecting with new people. Stepping out of your comfort zone and making new connections and friendships can provide benefits that impact the rest of your life.
Recognize Change Will Continue to Occur
Your current situation will not last forever. The world is constantly changing so while things may seem like they will last forever, they won’t. No matter how unpleasant your current situation is, embrace it and use it as a stepping stone to something better.
Create Your Ideal Situation
If a recent change has caused your business to struggle or created an undesirable situation, develop a plan to fix it. Going back to the Jeff Bezos quote at the beginning of this article, you must develop a strategy when change happens because complaining isn’t going to fix it. Take action to narrow the gap between where you are where you want to be. If you want to thrive in life you must be willing to grow and adapt during times of change. What techniques do you use to adapt to change? What type of challenges have you overcome when dealing with change?