While many of us have learnt to accept change (and to even embrace it) what can still be a struggle to come to terms with is the frequency of change.
As in how often things change.
When things change regularly we often crave stability only to have another wave of change suddenly upon us. We can sometimes feel like we are struggling to keep up.
Sometimes it’s the constant change that can throw us off-balance.
Here are my tips on coping with how often things change.
Go with the flow
Let’s face it going with the flow is a lot easier for some than others. It’s also a lot easier said than done!
If you are a Type A personality you probably just groaned at that suggestion, since going with the flow is so not in your nature.
Here’s the kicker. If you are on the roller coaster of constant change, you have two choices: either put your arms up in the air and feel the breeze on your face or sit screaming your head off through the whole experience.
Which one do you think will feel better?
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Don’t go all control freak
If you are the Type A personality I mentioned above you are probably thinking something like – to hell with that I will be in control of the roller coaster.
Granted sometimes that is possible and other times it’s just not.
Going all control freak on every situation will only make things worse. By all means control what you can (but don’t think this means you can control the people you love) and roll with the punches on the rest.
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Let go of your expectation of normal
Sometimes coping with rapid change is about letting go of our expectations of what’s normal.
I hear this a lot with work situations. Restructures, changes to government, changes to management, 2 year contracts instead of permanent employees.
The world of work constantly changes. What was normal, hiring permanent full time staff for example no longer happens in some companies and government departments. Job for life – long gone.
Ditch your expectations of normal (or what happened in the good old days!) and you will cope much easier.
Understand change creates new opportunities
When I was fired from my previous company, I was gutted.
In hindsight it was one of the best things that happened in my career. Being fired, led me to my current position which I totally love. If I hadn’t been let go I could still be working in a miserable environment. I realize now that being fired opened the path to a brilliant work opportunity.
Go with the flow, be adaptable and stay open to the opportunities that frequent change can bring.
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