In 1884 Mark Twain wrote “What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth. No smallest atom of our moral, mental or physical structure can stand still a year… In other words, we change –and must change, constantly, and keep on changing as long as we live.”
I have observed far too often in my work that individuals, communities, institutions and businesses seem to fight change. Rather than accept change and what it can offer, too many, too often fight it and attempt to mold it to their particular persuasion. Change will happen no matter what one does. To think you can stop or impede it for any purpose is futile. Instead, I believe we should embrace change, find ways to understand it and grow as a result. Change is really at the core of all growth– personal, professional, organizational, you name it. To change is to grow. Growth will be more satisfying and more productive if you engage in a lifestyle that welcomes change. Engaging change benefits not only you, but your family and your organization.
Choose a platform for change and involve yourself. Do you want to grow professionally? What will it take to get to the next level of your career? Understand the requirements and make a plan to get yourself there. Is there a process or procedure at work that can be changed? Take the time to understand the benefits of change and the results growth will make. Again, make an educated, well researched and specific plan to implement changes that will benefit your organization and the individuals who work there. Present that plan and be sure to point out the costs, benefits and risks that the change will bring about.
Remember, the only place that change doesn’t occur is the graveyard. Change and growth are constant and inevitable, filled with ambiguity and uncertainty. Those who accept ambiguity and uncertainty with an eye on “how do I grow through all this” will come out as winners in the process. To be able to grow and change positively is to be able to conquer fear.
It is not that you must be free from the fear that comes with change. The moment you try to free yourself from apprehension or fear, you create a resistance against fear and change. Resistance, in any form, doesn’t stop the fear or the change. Rather than running away, controlling, suppressing or any other resistance, understand change. Watch it, learn about it and bring yourself to come in touch with it. As a result you will grow.