Dealing with Change by Kelly Oliver

Change is a constant in our lives and now more than ever it seems to come at us faster and faster.  Technology, and the 4th Industrial Revolution, is creating change that may feel overwhelming and difficult to “keep up”.  Sometimes, it may leave you feeling like you’re missing out or that there is always something else to do, read, post, etc. 

When change and pace rev up, here are a couple of tools you can leverage:

1) Define & rely on your Personal Values.  Companies are now operating with more ‘values based’ cultures.  I’m truly looking forward to seeing the impact on how we conduct business as a result.  Just as you have likely embraced the values of where you work, you need to define and embrace your own personal values.  These values will keep you grounded and supported during times of change.  They will also help you hold your boundaries and make the best possible choices.  My first personal value is HEALTH.  The way this shows up for me in my career is when I travel, I find a grocery store so I get the fresh nutrition I need.  Yes, its a pain and I’d rather just order pizza but that doesn’t align to my personal values; so I plug in “grocery store” in my Map app when I land and just do it.  

2) When you get tired, rest… don’t quit.   This is reminder that no one can go all the time on all things.  Anyone that has had burn-out will tell you this and will also tell you it’s not worth it.  Remember that your body & brain MUST have rest to continue to perform.  If you’ve ever felt like “just quitting” chances are you need to explore how you can ‘rest’ a bit.  That may be daily meditation, a 2 week vacation or eating lunch without a device in your hand.  Whatever it is, it’s in your control to make it happen.

3) Explore how you personally react and manage change.  Change and loss go hand-in-hand.  Whenever there is change, you will experience some type of loss with it.  Loss can be positive (maybe you wanted to lose a few pounds) or it can be an adjustment (a favorite executive mentor just left the company).  What is your typical reaction to change?  The more familiar you are with your personal reactions to change, the easier it becomes for you to manage through it.  There will be unknowns as you deal with the inevitable loss but if you anticipate your own reactions and what you need you’ll be better prepared.

During times of change, remind yourself that personal values guide you, rest serves you best and loss is part of it all and you’ll handle it with ease.

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