People often say they hate change, generally because it means confusion, vulnerability, and risk. Change is uncomfortable and exposes our weaknesses, sometimes even at a time when we look strong.
In a crisis situation, there’s no doubt that change is needed. However, this reactionary type of change is too late and leads to a life of constant catch up. If the necessary change had taken place when it was needed, there would be no crisis to overcome. Instead, change should be a daily habit toward improvement rather than a solution to a problem.
To fully embrace and accept change means making learning a life habit. It means that our growth is not something that’s only done to overcome a problem. Instead, it’s a lifestyle. Consider tying your shoes, you don’t need to think about doing it. But also like tying your shoes, it took mindful practice to make it a mindless activity.
In today’s world, this skillset is absolutely critical for success. Life cycles are shortening in every arena, from personal relationships to product. The world is turning faster, and with technology, the faster it turns, the faster it will turn. The decision to adopt this habit is the decision to invest in our future. It takes mindful practice, dedication, and accountability.
Here are some habits to help embrace this skillset:
1. Use the past as a guide, not as the answer of today. The world is different today. This goes for our own experience and the advice of others.
2. Today’s strengths are the weaknesses of tomorrow. This is because we don’t think they need change or improvement until they become a problem. Change them now.
3. Enjoy the challenges change brings; the result is deep purpose. Run toward, not away from, those situations that make us feel uncomfortable.
4. Overcommunicate our intent. Those impacted by the change likely don’t see it’s outcome as clearly, this creates missed expectations and frustration.
In the future we will either be changing because we are forced to (a crisis) or because we want to. This will all depend on the habits we adopt today.
The Day We Stop Learning, We Cease to Exist.
Have a powerful week.