Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Time for Change: Vision and Anticipation

classic clock 2Change is one of those things people want when they don't have it, and dread when they’re in the middle of it. How did you react to moving your clocks forward one hour? Are you excited for Spring? Are you dreading the end of the month?

Some people say they despise change. They take comfort in dependable routines, like the sun rising and setting, (which, when you think about it, is actually daily change on a cosmic level.)

Some people say they thrive under the excitement of constant change, but throw up an unexpected detour on the way to work or move their coffee cup every day and they go ballistic.

Change is the one constant in your life. It surrounds you every day. It is also largely predictable. Like any life cycle, it has a beginning, middle, end and a new beginning. The complexity, speed and success of any change is influenced in large part by how well the change is managed.

When you can anticipate the change you’ll feel in greater control. Change is moving from what was, to what will be. Success in a new job, moving to a new city, starting a new relationship, all take vision from where you are to where you want to be.

Most people want to rush through change. They are either excited, or they just want to get it done and out of the way. That’s shortsighted. If you plant some tomato seeds in the morning it doesn't matter how much passion you have, you won't be making fresh marinara sauce for your spaghetti dinner that night. Sometimes change is sudden. Although that can be unexpected and alarming, there is a way to successfully navigate through the uncertainty. I'll address that later. For now, focus your vision and what you can control. What has to change and why? Share your thoughts with a few people. Supporters will give you confidence, and detractors will unwittingly give you valuable information you can use to make your change more effective. Next we’ll discuss how to test the change and how to prepare others for it.