In stable times, habitual patterns work for you. They become your preferred patterns of reacting. It gives you a sense of control.
A customer delays payment. You then send in the standard follow-up letter. You take the same route to work every day. You don’t have to map it out in your mind every morning. It’s almost as if every turn were programmed into your car’s steering. Taking that route is an involuntary choice.
Your life seems to be on auto-pilot and your story seems uneventful enough. The plot thickens when certain things around you begin to change.
A new thoroughfare opens up and makes it easier and more convenient to take another route. But you still find yourself habitually going the old way until you consciously establish a new pattern. For a while, you have to map out the new route mentally and force yourself to take it instead of the old route.
Change stops the process of involuntary actions and forces us to reconsider. It disrupts the pattern and demands that we respond appropriately. So our focus is invariably on adjusting to the change or fighting it. But change is not always about adaptation, it can also signal an opportunity for creating something better. Uber did not disrupt the average taxi service because it used technology for online booking. It succeeded because it created a better experience for the customer.
Next time, instead of fighting change or surrendering to it, find out how it can help you to create a better outcome for you and others.
How to work with change:
– Believe it holds promise for you
– Write a journal – writing forces us to pay attention to unconscious patterns or repetitive ways of thinking
– Commit to learning one new activity every week – Get out of your comfort zone
– Use your principles as an anchor during change – Principles are not a casualty of change, rather they are revealed through change
– Eliminate the blame game – As long as we play the victim, we become part of the problem
– Build a Solid Belief System – “Be a servant of your conscience and a master of your will,” wrote Dr. Marcus Bach
– Practice is the key – You can learn and hone any new skill only through practice. And that is true for anything you want to accomplish in life including creating a SPARK!