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Dealing with change. You don’t like it. I don’t like it. Nobody really likes it.
It’s a hassle. It takes you out of your comfort zone. You probably say to yourself, ”I just figured this out, now I have to change again?” Or how about “But this is the way it has always been.”
Some of us don’t resist change, we just resist being changed. After all, why would I care if you change as long it’s not affecting me? Go ahead, change all you want!
“Don” is a friend of mine who is struggling to find a job that he can be happy with. He’s got lots of solid experience. When he asks my opinion on his search, I give him some pointers. The problem is that he doesn’t put them to use. He doesn’t want to take the time to network effectively. He doesn’t want to use social media to enhance his job search.
He thinks his experience should speak for itself and all this “other stuff” should be unnecessary. He’s refusing to change his approach and it is causing him to fail. It’s killing his overall happiness. That’s a shame.
How about you? If you have much of a life, you’re dealing with change.
Change happens all around you. Your willingness to deal with it is critical to your success at work and in life. Charles Darwin is credited with saying “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the more intelligent, but rather the one most responsive to change.”
Darwin was right. Those who resist change the most also have the hardest time succeeding at work and in life. If you don’t like that, but want to be happy and healthy long-term, it’s time to get over it.
Only you can make the choice to change. It isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it – for you and your loved ones.
Question: Do you have additional thoughts on dealing with change? I welcome your comments.