Managing Change Most Effectively
Change management is a structured approach for ensuring that changes are thoroughly and smoothly implemented and that the lasting benefits of change are achieved.
We know that navigating successfully in a world that is changing as fast as ours can be tricky at times. Here are some methods you can use to manage change successfully.
Accept change as an element of life
As human beings we are constantly in process. We never get there, our in-box is never empty, and we can’t catch up with technology. Our world is changing at a pace never experienced before, indeed, change is our only constant . accept it!
Commit yourself to lifelong learning
If change is constant, then learning must also be continual. As long as we are learning we’re on the road to an exciting, fulfilling, meaningful life. Learning helps us feel as though we’re moving with the ever-changing world. This helps to relieve our anxiety of feeling left behind. We feel better because when we’re learning we are moving with the world.
Get healthy then stay healthy
Change, even positive change, is stressful. To keep stress from getting us, we must stay physically healthy with proper nutrition, enough rest and regular exercise.
Look at change as a new opportunity
Changing our attitude about change is one of our best management tools. Look for opportunities in every change in your life. Rather than digging in your heels and resisting change, allow yourself to flow with it and see where it takes you.
Develop a strong network and support team
Many changes in our lives require us to lean on others for emotional support and/or advice. Have your team in place ready to see you through the inevitable significant changes in your life.
Engage in rituals
Performing a task or celebration in the same way week after week or year after year gives us a sense of stability, a feeling of being grounded, a sense of security. Performing rituals and celebrating holidays in a certain way, gives us the satisfaction that not everything is changing.
Eliminate the toleration in your life
Get rid of the little irritations (and sometimes big ones) that drain your energy, energy you need to manage change. Toleration can be something as simple as a missing button or as significant as a toxic person.
Keep a daily journal
When change is viewed over a period of time there is more sense to it. Seeing this historical perspective of past change in our life can give us more objectivity to meet the current changes that are facing us.
Engage in meditation
Being centered within yourself grounds you for the changes you’re required to face every day. Take a moment to quiet your mind, your body, your soul. You’ll reap the rewards of this gift you give yourself.