10 Ways to Make Change Work for You
In work and in life, change is inevitable. Humans are hardwired to operate in comfortable patterns. We crave consistency, and by the time we enter our fifth or sixth decade, we are fairly set in our ways.But we are 100% capable of adapting to any challenge. Often though, when you’ve been doing things a certain way for a long time, it can be difficult to see why change may be required and shake yourself out of a comfortable groove. Just about anybody, regardless of their age and experience, has the ability to do amazing things if they put their mind to it.
So consider giving these 10 ways to make change work for you a try – you just might be pleasantly surprised by the results.
1. Be courageous
Change presents opportunities as well as challenges. To convert opportunities into positive outcomes, while overcoming the challenges you face, courage is a must. Be brave. Be courageous.
2. Make fear your friend
Picture what you could accomplish if only you could put aside your worries and doubts. Make firm decisions, and take calculated risks. The idea is not to remove fear entirely from your life, it’s to instead make it your friend by being smart about how you react to it.
3. Turn anxiety into awareness
Anxiety acts like a powerful radar, alerting you to incoming opportunities and challenges. Instead of allowing anxiety to overcome you, use it to stay attuned to changes in your environment.
4. Transform failure into success
Failure is a part of life, and we all experience it. Instead of allowing failure to defeat you, learn valuable lessons from it that will help you succeed the next time.
5. Master the art of improvisation
Because change is inherently unpredictable, it’s far better to be skilled at improvisation than to create inflexible plans that don’t keep up with changes in your business environment. Be flexible, agile, and ready to pivot at a moment’s notice.
6. Play the odds
Instead of betting everything on one grand program or initiative, make many small bets that will eventually add up to something big. Get to know the odds and make your own luck.
7. Experiment constantly
If the first thing you try doesn’t work, then try something else. And if that doesn’t work, then try again. Experimentation is the foundation of many start-up models, and we can learn from it too: Build fast, release often, measure, learn and repeat.
8. Pick your battles
You can’t win every battle, and you shouldn’t even try. Collect the facts upfront, then weigh the pros and cons of a decision, including the social capital you may have to expend fighting for it. In some cases, you’ll want to press your advantage, while in others, it may be better to retreat.
9. Keep forging ahead
Never stop moving forward. Handle setbacks and adversity as they come, learning from these experiences to keep pushing onward more effectively.
10. Stay relevant
Keep up with change in your business and industry. Refuse to be left behind as the world continues to change all around us. The best way to make change work for you is to lead it, not to fall victim to it.
It’s no secret that the world continues to change all around us. We can choose to either try to ignore change or to lead it. If you want to be successful in the long run, then the better choice is to lead change, and make it work for you.
What do you think?
Embrace change by taking calculated risks and meaningful action, and you’ll put yourself on the path to regular reinvention and create positive, lasting effects both in work and life. How do you make change work for you? I’m interested to learn how you future proof yourself, fearlessly innovate and succeed despite adversity. Comment your views below and join the conversation.
This article was written by Jelena Milutinovic on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile this article: Forbes; Inc. and Next Avenue