It has been said that people are only ready to accept the need for change when the pain of not changing is greater than the pain of changing. Robert Brault opined, “We want the life we have now, only happier,” but alas, it doesn’t work that way.
When change comes, and it comes to everyone, we all react. There is a Chinese Proverb that separates our reaction into two extremes, “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.”
I think we make change harder than it has to be. George Carlin had the right idea when he joked, “I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed.”
Now it’s not that easy, but there are steps you can take if you are really ready for a change:
Identify what you need to change.
I had a doctor who once told me that my headache was not due to a deficiency in ibuprofen. The headache was the symptom, the cause was the way I was exercising…that is what needed to be changed.
If you are really ready for a change, don’t settle for symptoms. Dig in and get to the root cause and change that.
“Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances.” – Jackie Chan
Identify what you need to do to change.
The only thing we can control is ourselves, our actions, and our reactions. Any type of action that is taken in an effort to change anything must therefore involve you.
Focus your efforts of change on yourself and being the best you, you can be.
“I think the most productive thing to do during times of change is to be your best self, not the best version of someone else.” – Seth Godin
Identify what you will do after you change.
Congratulations! You are new and improved. Your life is better, you see things more clearly, and your outlook is positive. Now that you have changed, what’s next?
Change can’t be just about you. Take advantage of what you have learned, and what you can now do and help others with your newly developed talents.
“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” – Peter Drucker