Managing change, one of the critical 8 C’s, is key to your success.
I’m going to ask you a question. Only you’ll know the answer so be honest with your reply.
Here’s the question; how do you feel about change?
Some folks see change as a way to bring about social change, as something to be sought after. Enter our rabble rousers & provocateurs.
Some see change as something to be avoided at all costs. They’d rather have a Brazilian wax than deal with change.
No judgement either way, as we need all perspectives.
Where do you lie on the change continuum? Love it? Hate it? Or somewhere in between?
No matter how you feel about change here’s a juicy tip on how to deal with change in a healthy, productive way.
One of my all time favorite sayings is from a book called “As above so below” & it’s this —
If you can’t fight & you can’t flee, flow.
It’s been a manifesto for change for me ever since I read it decades ago.
It’s simple (the good things often are).
Enter juicy change management tips based on this manifesto:
- Figure out what you’re willing to fight. Now before your defenses go up & you holler ‘wah, you’re encouraging me to have a fist fight?!’ it’s not that kind of fight. Rather figure out what you’re willing to fight for, what’s worth effecting change to you.
- Figure out what you’re willing to flee. In other words what you need to leave behind. It could be leaving a harmful relationship, it could be leaving a conversation until you cool down, or some other way of moving on or over.
- What’s leftover from #1 & #2 is your flow pile — the things that aren’t burning enough that you need to change them & the things that you don’t need to flee from.
- Work on truly flowing with pile #3. This is tough but oh so worth it. If your boss is driving you nuts because he gave you imprecise directions & changed the deadline for the report 3 times, remember you put him in your flow pile. Inhale (deeply) & exhale (longer than you inhale — this is a fabulous way to relax & get your flow).
- Remember you can always change something from one pile to another. For example if you can’t flow with your boss’ actions then decide where to move him — in pile #1 (work to change) or pile #2 (leave). The key is you’re deciding where you put him. And that feels great.
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