During periods of change, we sometimes think too far ahead. And if we allow ourselves to get caught up in “what if” thoughts, we lose track of what’s important today. However, if you take on the changes one day at a time, the process seems less overwhelming. Here are some tips on how to accomplish that from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Michigan:
Create a worst-case scenario — We haven’t truly faced head-on until we have faced the worst-case scenario. Always ask yourself, what is the worst that could happen for me as a result of this change? Consider how the change might push you beyond your capabilities or might create negative consequences with managers and team members. Also consider how it might drain your energy and productiveness.
Prepare to accept it — This isn’t a matter of simply saying, “if it happens, it happens.” It means thorough planning for the worst-case scenario. It’s the same sort of planning that emergency responders conduct. Maybe there won’t be a disaster that requires that level of preparation, but if it happens, they are ready. To avoid a worst-case scenario we must be willing to throw our energy and resources into the effort. Consider all the possible ways that the worst outcome can be avoided. In the planning process, consider communication, marshalling team effort, and intervening preemptively.
Keep busy — Sometimes change has the effect of slowing us down, leaving us disorganized and unmotivated. It is during these periods in our careers that we need to summon the most energy possible and keep busy. Not only will this keep us from dwelling on our concerns, but it will also enhance our image in the organization at a critical time.
Cooperate with the inevitable — We can’t avoid or deflect change. It’s a part of everything we do in our careers. When we remind ourselves of this, we don’t waste time and attitude fighting inevitable change.
Do the best you can — The most fundamental rule of business professionalism is to do the very best we can at all times. This motivates us internally, driving our efforts through whatever changes we are facing. Whatever way the change ends up impacting our careers, we want to be able to say to others and to ourselves that we did our very best. Put enthusiasm into your work. When we are enthusiastic, we get more done better, faster, and with less. We experience more enjoyment and feel a sense of accomplishment from our work.
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