How to Handle the Insanity of Change

Change happens all around us, all the time. Entrepreneurs know this. Fortune 500 companies know this. People have built careers on the fact that change happens. In fact, the definition of insanity, according to Albert Einstein, is doing things over and over and expecting a different result – implying that change is required to be…

Change happens all around us, all the time. Entrepreneurs know this. Fortune 500 companies know this. People have built careers on the fact that change happens. In fact, the definition of insanity, according to Albert Einstein, is doing things over and over and expecting a different result – implying that change is required to be successful, to reach our desired results. Who are we to argue this point?

Take a moment to think about your life, what you have in action at the moment. It can be your work life or personal life.

What do you do all the time, in the same way and are surprised when it always turns out the same way? Here is an example: you have a relationship with someone who is always negative and dumps on you all the time. You still go for weekly coffees with them because you are hiring that this time it will be different. From this example, simply going for the weekly coffee is very nice of you, but leaving you feeling exhausted and used.

How about if next time, you let them know that you will go for coffee if the conversation is a positive one instead of draining. This honesty will cause one of two things to happen: you will open their eyes and help them, or you will not be going for coffee again. The same circumstance can apply to work situations as well.

When you are taking stock of changes that should take place in your life – whether at work or at home, you will need to consider a few items:

1. Who will this change benefit?
2. What am I trying to accomplish (the result)?
3. Am I ready for this change?
4. Who will this change affect?
5. How will you handle the potential backlash as you implement this change?
6. How will you measure your success? (Yes, even in a personal change there needs to be a measure of success, otherwise how you will know if you have implemented the change at all!)

Now it's your turn. Get out a pen and paper or head over to your laptop and open a note page. Write out 2 changes and answer the questions ….. you will see that doing things differently will bring about a new result. You will feel better about what lies ahead in work and in your personal life. Simple. Easy. One step at a time.