I remember hearing that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Well, my take on that is that we need to change some aspects of our everyday routine in order to stay up to date with inevitable disturbance to our established habits. Resistance to change is usual and can lead to behavioural performance, which can have the effect of disempowerment. Many people, myself included, get into comfort zones and become complacent. Why change things, that’s the way it’s always been done is a common theme in many businesses. This is stagnation and can be harmful to progress and growth.
In a business situation, it is often the recognition of the need for change that can keep companies on track and moving forward. This is where the value of communication with the team can be most effective and remove the barrier of clinging to old habits. Sharing information with others, and particularly in team situations, can help to overcome the inclination to cling to old habits. I realise that independence is a desire and generally common in one’s human nature. I also realise that people don’t like to be told to change, hence my suggestion of collaboration in team situations to overcome feelings of insecurity, uncertainty etcetera.
My thoughts go back to the ‘good’ old days where in family situations, furniture was facing other furniture so that discussions could take place. Can you remember those ‘good old days?’ Yes, it’s history, and there are so many modern apps nowadays that have changed the way we communicate.
A few reminders for those of you old enough to reflect on. Smoking was fashionable, grass was mown and pot was a cooking utensil. Coke was burnt out coal, kept in the coal house and a joint was a piece of meat for the Sunday Dinner. Rock music was a grandma’s lullaby. I could go on and on, and some of you will have noticed the changes in your everyday life.
A generation gap there certainly is, yet at the end of the day, mortality has the final say: it is still one death per person! Life is so short, so how are you handling change? Are you going to fight it or adopt it? One way to overcome it is to look for the good rather than the bad by being positive rather than negative.
- It’s not what happens to us that’s important, but what we do about it that matters.
- Change is often not easy, but it is possible.
- Information is vital as is accurate communication.
- Our internal dialogue is more important than many of us realise. Use ‘can’ instead of ‘can’t.’
- Ask yourself if change is really that bad.
My suggestion is to embrace change by saying ‘yes’ instead of ‘no.’ It could make a huge difference to your future. You might wish to engage a coach to help with the inevitable transition. I await your call!
Kind regards, John