Take Charge of Change
I don’t know who Karen Kaiser Clark is, but she’s the one who said, “Life is change. Growth is optional.” You don’t need to hear from any expert to know that change is a constant element in our lives today. And to make matters even more stressful, the changes that are taking place are more complex today than they were in the past, and they are happening at an accelerated pace. In the past, when change occurred, it was more relaxed. We had time to adapt our feelings, thoughts and behaviors. We didn’t have to work at adjusting our perspective, because adjustments happened naturally. We didn’t have to spend so much time integrating new information and concepts. Integration seemed to just occur automatically.
In today’s world of fast-paced change, we can’t afford to be passive. We need to be proactive, taking charge of our responses to change. So, the next time you notice yourself saying — “I don’t want to deal with this new policy at work.” Or, “Why can’t the kids schedules stay the same from month to month?” Or, “Not another new computer program I have to learn!” — pay attention to these thoughts and feelings.
Chances are your responses are putting you on a downward spiral of frustration, anger and resistance. Instead, shift your focus. Ask yourself
• How can I grow from this change?
• What negative pattern can I tackle?
• What will I learn?
• What can I gain?
What strategies work for you when you feel overwhelmed by the changes in your life? How do you adapt to all the fast-paced changes taking place nowadays?