Working for any large organization means that change is constantly swirling around us in an amazing choreographed form of controlled chaos. By adopting a few helpful beliefs and habits, you can navigate unrelenting change in a healthy way.
The following characteristics describe change events for most people:
- Change created by others can magnify our distress.
- Change takes us outside of our comfort zone.
- Change requires us to learn something new in order to adapt.
- Change often requires a decision or commitment before you have enough information to guarantee your success in the future.
Change created by others can magnify distress.
The most uncomfortable nature of change occurs when that change is created by a decision someone else makes that impacts your life without your input. We are thus confronted with the reality that we can’t control everything in our lives. Experiencing the notion that we are out of control (whether true or imagined) can be uncomfortable.
Tip: During times of rapid or surprising change, focus upon those parts of your job and life that you can control to regain a sense of stability. This usually includes most of your regular job duties, healthy eating, adequate rest and a stress-busting exercise schedule.
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