Creating change in your life or work can feel like a challenging and uncertain path to walk. It can even feel like riding a roller coaster - sometimes shooting forward, sideways, backwards and even upside down! Sometimes it is exhilarating, exciting and a great adventure. Sometimes it is scary and stomach churning.

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The Unavoidable Truth About Creating Change

The unavoidable truth about creating change in life and work

Creating change in your life or work can feel a lot like riding a roller coaster.

You can find yourself shooting forward at breakneck speed then suddenly thrown sideways, backward and even upside down! With that can come uncertainty, fear, and apprehension. Sometimes it is exhilarating, exciting, fun and a great adventure. Sometimes it is scary and stomach churning.

With all the challenges that can happen during periods of change, it is easy to end up feeling really disheartened, disillusioned and de-motivated with it all.

As a result, you might start to doubt yourself, your abilities and if you have got what it takes to navigate the path of creating change successfully. At this point, you may even feel ready to give up.

Much of this turmoil can be triggered by people often being unaware or not accepting an unavoidable truth about creating change in your life and work.

And it is this: 

Creating change is NOT a linear path.

If you have set expectations for yourself that getting from A to B will be a straight path you are setting yourself up for disappointment, frustration, and stress.

So the next time you are about to start out on a path of creating some kind of change in your life and work, keep in mind that the path of change isn’t linear. Accepting this can help and support you in creating change and responding to what happens along the way more effectively.

For example, you can proactively prepare and plan for the fact that the road to creating the change you want might be a bit like riding a roller coaster by doing things like:

  • expect the unexpected
  • create contingencies
  • know what you will do if the brown stuff hits the fan
  • surround yourself with the right kind of people, help, and support
  • learn from people who have already made that change
  • learn new personal skills and personal effectiveness strategies
  • create a strong action plan that will serve as your map for navigating the road of change ahead.
  • break your change project into small chunks and take small steps regularly and consistently.

The point is this:

Whilst the path of change isn’t linear, there are many things you can do to smooth the way forward and set yourself up to succeed.

And when setbacks, challenges or curveballs do raise their ugly heads, then reminding yourself that the path to creating change isn’t linear is helpful in keeping yourself in the right mindset for getting to the end of your path of change successfully.

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