We are living in exciting
age of unprecedented change. Today's accelerated rate of change presents us
with unique challenges and opportunities. When change brings success, keep your
ego from getting out of hand. When the change is negative, use your sense of
humor to get through it. Once you learn to handle change, you can take your
skills, talents, and abilities and help others change. Let's look at four ways
to enhance your mastery of change.
No. 1 Don't Fight It.
The natural tendency is to protect what you know and value, what has become
familiar and comfortable. Unfortunately the world will change with or without
you. So you must adapt again and again. You make your life so much more complicated
when you fight the change. You cause yourself stress and can actually become
ill. Remember the old Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the
things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can and The wisdom
to know the difference.
No. 2 You don't have to like the Change.
No one ver said you have to like the changes you are experiencing. However,
you do have to understand them so you can progress. Study, explore, and read
everything you can about the current matters that affect your perception and
handling of change. Life is not always about "liking". It is about doing the
best you can, with what you you've got and getting on with it--right now!
No. 3 Know what to defend against change.
There are some things we should resist changing because change does not always
translate into better. Change for the sake of change alone can destroy valuable
situations, assets, and relationships. Many values deserved to be defended.
Ask yourself what you will change and what you will defend.
No. 4 Have a Sense of Humor.
Humor can give you a momentary "emotional vacation." A sense of humor can conquer
pretense, and diffused anger and hostility. It can take an impossible situation
and change it into an acceptable one. The old axiom, "if you take yourself too
seriously, no one else will," is key. The most effective people are spontaneous
and can use humor to express their feelings, and to encourage others.
When you set out to be a
change master and to make a difference in this world, there is no guarantee
that it will be easy. By learning about change, serving others and helping them
to learn to change, you will indeed be making a difference.
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