Change is Inevitable – Growth is Optional

People, places and the world around us are constantly changing. We have no doubt had our fair share of changes recently. Whilst many of us look at change as an opportunity to give up, many others see it as an opportunity to grow. The recent events have revealed an opportunity to start something new, start up something old or reinvent something you already had going on. For those who have been able to survive the shock of the lock down, we have embarked upon the next phase.

There are 6 months of the year left and as we enter the next chapter, many of us are more than likely feeling a little bit anxious. Mainly about what the ‘new normal’ will look like, going back to work and back out into our communities. With this in mind, we thought it might be useful to share how we could all handle change more effectively.

Focus on what you can control

With the fast number of curve balls we have been thrown recently, some people have coped better than others. We may have grasped the fact that change is inevitable. However, another thing to note is that we are unable to control the world around us and most of all, other people or the past. The one thing we can control is our attitudes and our actions. Once we focus on what we are doing and how we are contributing to the solution, we can hopefully live a little more stress free

Embrace it

As we have seen in recent times, dealing with a lot of change can often incur an immediate defence response to block out the world around us. Many of us will remember an example of this when the lock down first started. However, once we understood that we could get more time with our loved ones, get to the ‘one day’ list and other silver linings, we gave ourselves permission to start to embrace what we were going through. In order to live a happier life, we must accept that change is an important aspect of what goes hand in hand with it

Remember why you started

We can often forget that everything we have experienced before we started our business, during the running of our business and the recent times of corona virus, all contributes to who we are in our businesses today. This includes both the good times as well as the not so good. The road to success is always under construction and just because something hasn’t gone your way, it doesn’t mean you will not get to where you want to be in the end. It is important to remember why you started so that in times of needing to change direction, we do not also lose sight of what we were trying to achieve and where we are heading.

We have so many opportunities to constantly travel back into the past that we often cannot see through the fog into the future. The last few months have been a powerful example of the fact that we are self-preserving, resilient, adaptable and social beings. Although we do not have the ability to control what happens to us, we know that we can move with change.

The next phase of change is going to be everything you make it.

Lockdown has created a huge range of challenges for business of all sizes, but we must remember; “change is inevitable – growth is optional”- John Maxwell

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