Make no mistake – change is difficult. When many of us hear the word “change” or precipitate a change in our work schedule, commute, or in our personal lives, we may freeze up or enter a “fight or flight” mode. Several of us try to dig in our heels as much as possible to resist the impending changes, whatever they may be.
As tough as this may be, we must all be willing to adapt to change and tackle the obstacles that lay ahead of us head-on. This can be done by having the courage to reinvent yourself, whether it’s changing how you look, reading a new book, taking a new class, or something else that can help you get out of your rut.
How easy is it for us to just “go with the flow” and resist change, even when that change is beneficial? There may be a new system of doing things at work that makes so much more sense, but you may find yourself rebuffing the improvement with 6 little words: “We’ve always done it this way.” But if something isn’t working out for you, why keep doing it?
Deep down, many of us are afraid of change. Underneath the resistance and frustration lie anxiety and fear. You may wonder how the changes will affect you, your relationship with others at work, and how you perform your tasks. Maybe you’re afraid that you won’t be “good enough” to do the job anymore. Perhaps you feel so stressed and overwhelmed that you find yourself lashing out at others and pushing those with good intentions away.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry. In fact, take the risk and open up about your fears to those around you – you’ll find that you aren’t alone! There are people with whom we work every day who are facing some sort of fear or obstacle. That’s why it’s imperative that we treat others with compassion and understanding and work to raise each other up, not tear one another down. As the famous quote goes, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
MSPs, you may not believe it, but deep down inside you, you hold a tremendous power – the ability to change and adapt to anything thrown at you! When you discover that your world is changing, no matter how great or small, be brave, look outside of yourself, and commit to adapting. Start by looking at yourself critically. Are you really where you want to be in your career? Have you reached the goals you want? Are you on the path to achieve your dreams? If not, then harness the courage to take that first step toward change. Ask your colleagues for advice. Read an inspiring self-development book. Leave yourself little sticky notes of encouragement on your desk and on your mirror. These little actions in themselves will help give you that little push you need to get headed in the right direction!
Stay strong and don’t give up, MSPs. Be lionhearted and positive, even in the face of adversity. You can do it – I believe in you! SMILE!