HOW TO HANDLE CHANGE
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"When one door closes, another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us." - Alexander Graham Bell
Change is inevitable. It occurs whether we ask for it or not, whether we want it or not. It affects us by moving us out of our comfort zone. Change we ask for has its surprises and change thrust upon us is more difficult to handle. It disrupts our lives, cause us stress, and slows our momentum. See Coping With Stress.
In 1970, Alvin Toffler said in "Future Shock" that "too much change in too short of time" brought on a condition from too many changes. These changes were taking place so rapidly that people could no longer adapt to them.
An immediate reaction is natural. Remember that whatever we react to controls us. We doubt that we can handle a new situation. Change is scary when we don't know how it will affect us. This causes stress and burnout. We escape by filling our lives with busy work. We don't have time to deal with the changes. The sooner we get past the reaction stage and into the responding stage, the sooner we take back control of our lives. Sometimes, we don't need a plan to handle the change. We merely need to accept the change and go from there.
PERSONALITIES AND CHANGE
An Influential person is also confident, and more flexible. He accepts people without question. He naturally goes with the flow. If the Influential person is uncomfortable with the change, he ignores it.
A Steady person is afraid of change. He is more accepting of change in people than circumstances. A Steady person does no't accept any change that takes him out of his comfort zone. He says he does. He wants to, but he doesn't. This person doesn't trust himself to manage the change. He feels like a victim. Change is something done to him. A Steady person may accept the change when he has a plan of action with which he is comfortable. This person usually needs someone else to create the plan.
A Cautious person is inflexible and fights change. He is easily overwhelmed by the change. This person loves consistency and his initial reaction is to argue with anyone or anything that might ask him to handle change. He doesn't believe he can cope with it. The Cautious person obsesses over the change and looks for a way out. Eventually, he creates a plan and follows it.
There are several characteristics that help a person adapt to change. Personality style plays a role in most of them, but is not the only answer. The more confident a person is, the more flexible he is. You can improve flexibility by working at improving your confidence. See Book "Untying the Knots of Life"
"It is not the strongest who survive; it's not the most intelligent who survive; it's those who are most responsive to change." - Anonymous
KEEPING YOUR BALANCE
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