Today I thought I’d write an article about managing change – not because I’m great at dealing with the ebb and flow of life – but because I’m terrible at it. I hate change. Change makes me uncomfortable and unhappy. I like things to stay the way they are. Unfortunately, it’s been my experience that things rarely remain the same. Change happens and you just have to deal with it.
But is there a way that I could deal with it better? Could I somehow avoid that “uncomfortable and unhappy” stage? I decided to look into it, and find some tips on how to manage change more effectively. Once I started searching, I found that there are a lot of people out there offering advice! Here are some of the suggestions that I found most helpful:
- Don’t be afraid – Change happens all the time. Try to roll with it rather than fearing it.
- Seek information – Gather all the information you can about the change that’s happening. Having accurate information will reduce your feelings of stress and make you feel more in control of the situation.
- Think before you react – Don’t let your emotions get the better of you and don’t jump to conclusions. Take time to think about the situation and plan your next steps.
- Be optimistic – Sometimes change requires you to let go of something. But change can be beneficial as well! Try to see what you might gain from the new situation.
- Be creative and flexible – Try to see the new situation from a variety of perspectives. Think about all the different ways that you could react and adapt.
- Take charge – Don’t just sit around feeling sad. If you’re unhappy with your new situation, actively work to change it. Doing something is almost always better than doing nothing because at least you’re being proactive and moving forward.
So what about you? Do you have suggestions for how to effectively manage change? If so, please write them in the Comment section below. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!