It's no secret that the world continues to change all around us. We can choose to either try to ignore change or to lead it. If you want to be successful in the long run, then the better choice is to lead change, and make it work for you.

In his book Make Change Work for You, technology guru Scott Steinberg offers 10 ways to future-proof yourself, fearlessly innovate, and succeed despite uncertainty. Says Steinberg: "Embrace change by taking calculated risks and meaningful action, and you'll put yourself on the path to regular reinvention--the essence of remaining relevant--and create positive, lasting effects on every level."

So consider giving these 10 ways to make change work for you a try--you just might be pleasantly surprised by the results.

1. Be courageous

Change presents opportunities as well as challenges. To convert opportunities into positive outcomes, while overcoming the challenges you face, courage is a must. Be brave. Be courageous.

2. Make fear your friend

Says Steinberg: "Picture what you could accomplish if only you could put aside your worries and doubts, make firm decisions, and take smart risks (read: change and innovate)." The idea is not to remove fear entirely from your life, it's to instead make it your friend by being smart about how you react to it.

3. Turn anxiety into awareness

Anxiety acts like a powerful radar, alerting you to incoming opportunities and challenges. Instead of allowing anxiety to overcome you, use it to stay attuned to changes in your environment.

4. Transform failure into success

Failure is a part of life, and we all experience it. Instead of allowing failure to defeat you, learn valuable lessons from it that will help you succeed the next time.

5. Master the art of improvisation

Because change is inherently unpredictable, it's far better to be skilled at improvisation than to create inflexible plans that don't keep up with changes in your business environment. Be flexible, agile, and ready to pivot at a moment's notice.

6. Play the odds

Instead of betting everything on one grand program or initiative, make many small bets that will eventually add up to something big. Get to know the odds and make your own luck.

7. Experiment constantly

If the first thing you try doesn't work, then try something else. And if that doesn't work, then try again. Experimentation is the foundation of Eric Ries's Lean Startup model: Build fast, release often, measure, learn, repeat.

8. Pick your battles

You can't win every battle, and you shouldn't even try. Collect the facts upfront, then weigh the pros and cons of a decision--including the social capital you may have to expend fighting for it. In some cases, you'll want to press your advantage, while in others, it may be better to retreat.

9. Keep forging ahead

Never stop moving forward. Says Steinberg: "You've also got to be able to handle setbacks and adversity as they come, learning from these experiences to keep pushing onward more effectively."

10. Stay relevant

Keep up with change in your business and industry. Refuse to be left behind as the world continues to change all around us. The best way to make change work for you is to lead it, not to fall victim to it.

Published on: May 7, 2016