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How to Become More Comfortable with Change

How to Become More Comfortable with Change

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Coping with Change

Coping with Change

No matter what job or industry you pursue, you’ll need to learn how to be adaptable and navigate these experiences gracefully to grow in your career. Mindset, above all else, will have a major impact on whether you succeed.

Unfortunately, too many of us have the mindset that “change is temporary.” And when we see something as temporary, we tend to cope with it instead of accepting it — and if we don’t learn how to accept, embrace, and work through our discomfort in unfamiliar situations, we will inevitably find it difficult to progress in the rapidly evolving world of work.

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Moving to a Change-Ready Mindset

Almost everyone has a predominant relationship to change that will drive their thoughts and actions, but different situations also bring out different responses.

​​Change-ready people look at changes both big and small as opportunities for personal development, and “failed” experiments as a rich source of learning and growth. Similarly, they look for ways to break out of old ways of thinking, stay curious, and challenge the status quo.

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Change-Averse Mindsets: Resistors

Signs you’re a “resistor”:

  • You bring up reasons that something cannot be done based on precedent or history.
  • You agree to a stated commitment, and then find reasons not to execute on it later.
  • You poke holes in plans as a means of avoiding or stalling action.

Shift toward a change-ready mindset:

  • Explore how the solution is different from what happened in the past. Be informed by the past — but not captured by it.
  • Raise your reservations at the appropriate time. Participate in the debate to get to a better solution.
  • Ask questions that improve and encourage the solution rather than shut it down.

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Change-Averse Mindsets: Controllers

Signs you’re a “controller”:

  • You seek information that supports your own views or reservations.
  • You prefer getting detailed instructions on what to do instead of inquiring about what has been tried already and generating a brand new plan. 
  • You discount obstacles raised by others to stick to the plan.

Shift toward a change-ready mindset:

  • Discuss your idea or solution with a diverse group of colleagues to gain perspective and improve on the idea.
  • Rather than just sharing your expertise or what you would do in the situation, ask what is been already tried.

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Change-Averse Mindsets: The Receivers

Signs you’re a “receiver”:

  • You wait for direction from others before moving forward.
  • You escalate decisions, assuming they’re “above my pay grade.”
  • You accept decisions (even when you don’t think they will work) to avoid questioning your boss.

Shift toward a change-ready mindset:

  • Figure out an action you can take that is consistent with the change and valuable in the short term.
  • Generate possible solutions before you take any problem to your boss.
  • Back up any reservations you have about a decision with data or perspectives that might not have been known or included during the original discussion.

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"Try not to be a man of success, but a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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