It can sometimes 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.
With all the twists and turns that happen during periods of change, it is easy to end up feeling really disheartened, disillusioned and de-motivated with it all.
All the uncertainty and challenges might have you starting 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.
So it is important to keep in mind an unavoidable truth about creating change in your life and work. It is this:
Creating change is NOT a linear path.
So the next time you are about to start out on a path of creating change in your life and work, keep that in mind. Staying mindful of this can help and support you in preparing for travelling your road of change.
For example, you can:
- 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 effective change strategies
- create a strong action plan that will serve as your map for navigating the road of change ahead.
Whilst the path of change isn’t linear, there are many things you can do to smooth the way 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.