Ch-ch-ch-change: Gaining Momentum for Change
You know it’s time for change. It’s been time. But something is keeping you from doing what you know you need and even want to do. It doesn’t matter if the change is motivated by good circumstances – business is growing, and you’ve got to do something to meet the demand.
Or if change is motivated by bad circumstances – business is shrinking, and you’ve got to do something different to meet the needs of the business.
Sometimes a tragic event becomes the catalyst to motivate action for needed change. If your business is failing, you may have to shelve dreams for success and choose another path completely. Or the need for change sneaks up on you over a long time period, but fear stops you from risking the status quo.
I’ve experienced both sides of that coin, once when a company acquisition eliminated the job I loved. That unfortunate situation lead me to create my own company, a decision I wouldn’t have made without difficult circumstances prodding me on to the next thing.
This year, I’ve struggled to get going on changes to my six year old business which needs to operate more efficiently and meet the needs of a growing customer base. Fortunately, a tipping point came through a series of subtle nudgings that gave me the push to get me off first base.
1. An email inquiry from a colleague offered up the services of a talented intern looking for summer work. Extra help on the way. 2. An off-hand remark from a rising, young coach who wants to expand his skill set gave me an unexpected opportunity to develop business acumen and discipline. Weekly sessions are scheduled. 3. An offer to barter services – design for writing – fit perfectly into my need to overhaul JFields Marketing branding. New logo and website updates have begun.
So, all this activity got me thinking: Why is change so darn hard?
Everyone struggles with change. Even change-agent types, people who say they like change ( I’m one of those), have a hard time deciding to change.
Experts have addressed the subject in dozens of books, hundreds, if not thousands, of articles, and through countless methodologies to help people overcome resistance to change.
Here are a few ideas that helped me. 1. Do something new. Travel to a new location. Visit a business you want to learn more about. Talk to a mentor or colleague about a subject you’re pondering. Ask questions always. Inspiration comes from exposure to new ideas and methods. Brain chemistry wakes up with new experiences, motivating you to move in the direction of change.
2. Google it. Kind of like Nike’s Just Do It for the technology age, a quick Google search can stimulate creativity, inspiring thinking into new arenas. Tap into the collective mindset of others walking the same road to add to your process flow, motivating action through knowledge. Reading a blog post or article is quicker than reading a whole book, too.
3. Leverage Opportunity. A casual conversation or question can turn into a reason to change if you’re looking for it. Be ready to seize the moment if someone approaches you with information, a request, or need. It just might open doors to an answer you didn’t know you were waiting for.
Whatever you want or need to do to make your business stronger, better, and more profitable, first embrace change as a concept. Then find ways to make changes that will develop you and the business you’ve always wanted. Change can become a useful paradigm for life once you adopt the framework, then develop the discipline to act when opportunities for change come knocking at your door. And they will.
So, what change is waiting to happen in your life?