7 Tips to Help YOU Adapt to Change
Now more than ever before people all over the world are facing change and complexity — the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has presented us all with new challenges, new circumstances, and new uncertainties. Because change is constant and inevitable, everyone must adapt to succeed.
Creating conscious competence around concepts takes awareness and intentionality. There are components in the background, invisibles, that contribute to our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. We need to surface the invisibles to see why we behave and by using key points of reflection that is a starting point to creating a conscious competence. After surfacing the invisibles and examining them, we couple our new awareness with action to create results.
Change is a tricky area because it forces us to work outside our comfort zone. That brings up resistance in most people. Confronting that resistance and feeling the discomfort takes practice. Under the conditions most of the globe are under, we are operating in the unknown a lot of the time as it is. Lean into the discomfort, it’s truly where the growth lives.
1. Don’t attach to a single plan or strategy.
Be ready to pivot and have some other viable options to choose from. Being fluid with your approach and less attached to the outcome can provide alternatives that may not have been seen otherwise.
2. How you’re likely to respond to change.
You have to be aware about your own thoughts and emotions in regards to change. Intimately knowing this information is valuable as you can “see things coming” or not” be taken out” by circumstances so you effectively communicate and work with others.
3. Play with being curious.
Ask lots of questions. Wonder, explore, and consider other perspectives before you judge and decide. There are ways we get locked into being or doing that can hinder growth and stifle creativity. The more we question why that has to be that way, the more options can surface.
4. Immerse yourself in new environments.
Do this when you are confronted by change — get practice by joining activities, meeting new people, and trying new things on a regular basis. Practice being outside your comfort zone.
5. Create support systems.
Don’t get stuck in your head or go at it alone. Look to mentors, friends, coaches, trusted peers, professional colleagues, family members, and others to serve as your support system in times of change. Connection does make the world a better place, especially in uncertainty.
6. Don’t get lost in the details.
Pop up for air every now and then. Getting lost in our heads like anything in excess, works against us. Gaining some altitude and fresh perspective can reinvigorate any project where you can easily tap into your creativity
7. Observe and get to know your emotions.
Studies show that those with higher levels of emotional intelligence are more resilient, therefore, are able to manage their stress and avoid depression better. Learning to interpret emotions as messages and using that information to self-regulate and self-manage does not mean that you won’t experience anger and other challenging emotions. It means that you don’t allow your actions to be driven by those emotions. By using tools like journaling, mediation or seeking guidance from a coach or therapist are all great paths to understanding, coping with, and transforming limiting thoughts and emotions.
Creating new awarenesses coupled with strong and actionable points can help you move through the resistance and open up more opportunities to embrace change. We all will hit points where we need to dig in and use emotional courage, change is inevitable. You are not alone and I hope this gives you some new options and a better relationship with change.