The truth is, change is scary, messy, and often forced upon us. It's no wonder why many resist it. You may have to adjust to a new boss, change jobs, or support a new company strategy.
There are loads of resources and consultants out there willing to help with enterprise-wide change management. Unfortunately, though, change is a very personal thing. What works for some will not work for others. For that reason, you shouldn't put all the pressure on your organization or boss to make change happen for you. At the end of the day, it's your decision. And, being adaptable, agile, and the first to embrace change has its advantages.
In my experience, resistance to change and the hesitancy to pull the trigger often arises from the fear of irrelevancy, the loss of control, and trust issues. Based on that assumption, I have three concepts that you should be aware of if you're making a major life change or are expected to jump on board of a major change initiative at work.
1. Don't be afraid to leave an unknown future to a known you.
Let's face it--we all love to be in control. Even if you're not an "A-type" personality, there is a sense of peace and comfort that comes with having authority over your own career. When your company changes, it mixes up the deck. There may be a few unknown variables, but the most essential part of the equation is still you.
Don't let what you cannot control affect the things that you can. You are in charge of you, and that's all the assurance you need. Although you may have to do some things a little differently, the same rules to success apply. Work hard, stay hungry, and deliver results. You did it before--you can do it again.
2. Change that is disconnected from a purpose is exhausting.
The opposite is also true. Change connected to a mission and a vision is exhilarating. If your organization hasn't provided one that you can buy into, then create a new purpose for yourself. If not, you'll burn out fighting an uphill battle.
For even the most committed employees, change is a grind. In a vacuum, tasks can seem unnecessary and inconsequential. Without a connection to meaningful work, your engagement, energy, and commitment will suffer. However, when people believe their efforts are serving the greater good, tenacity and sacrifice are easier to come by.
3. Don't let fear hold you back.
Personally, the easiest way to get over the fear of change is to count your blessings while others are complaining. Practicing gratitude in the face of uncertainty helps you tackling insecurities that prevent growth and development.
You've heard it before--one good chapter has to end before another can begin. Be grateful for the first and don't let the fear of the unknown hold you back from writing the rest of your story. What seems like the end, could be the climax in the making.
Instead of skepticism, look for opportunities to learn, be a blessing to others, and stretch yourself, and change can be the big break you were looking for.
Change is going to happen with or without you. You can either embrace it and grow, or you can resist it and become irreverent. The choice is yours.