In addition to being the title of one really great song, (Bob Dylan, 1964), these words state a basic truth. Change is a part of life, and dealing with it in a positive manner is extremely important – both in business and in life in general.
Here are three things you might want to consider when you are dealing with change:
1) Focus on the Positives – Considering the positive aspects of change can often help us cope with the negatives. At the risk of aging myself, I remember vividly when my employer decided to move to an electronic filing system. Then, I was accustomed to walking into the file room and grabbing a credit file when I was working on a new loan or renewal. The idea of losing those paper files was scary, but the idea of not using all that paper was very appealing – so when I got frustrated I kept telling myself to remember all the trees we would be saving. These days, I can’t imagine not using digital files. I can access my files from anywhere, find things easily, cut and paste, etc. And, of course, we’re saving all those trees!
2) Look Objectively at the Negatives - Lots of people go through life worrying about things that may never happen. This is no way to live! Learn the details about a change and you will often find that the worst thing that can happen is not near as bad as what you have been thinking may happen.
3) Seek Help if You Need It – Speaking to a trained counselor is a cathartic experience. If a change is leaving you feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I have witnessed countless examples of people dramatically improving their personal and professional lives through counseling (including myself). Many companies provide support for this type of help, and for good reason. It works! There is no shame in asking for help. In fact, it would be a shame if you did not take advantage of something that could dramatically improve your life.
I hope these tips prove helpful to you. Change can be scary and even painful, but, it can also be productive or open exciting, new opportunities.
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Joey P. Root
President & CEO