11 Great Ways to be Positive about Change

Change, as they say, is all around us. And if implemented badly, creates ill-will and a whole raft of negative beliefs about what it means to us. It can fill us with fear and worry. But there are positives you can get out of change. Here are eleven of them…

  1. Personal Growth
    Change gives us great moments for self-development and personal growth. It is in times where there is a lot going on, where we have to get out of our box to think, even when change is imposed, that we move forward.
  2. Involving Others
    During change periods we can create relationships that are new – and we, as managers, have a great chance to bring others into our confidence and into our network.
  3. Adventure
    There is something about change, large or small which creates ‘something different’ from our routine day. This is pretty cool really. We are being provided with stimulating mental exercise to make the best of things happening differently. It might not look that way, but change brings adventure!
  4. Building it in
    Learning about big changes, means that we can closely observe why those changes are necessary. We have to make radical changes because we have strayed well off course. So as we learn, we can make provision to have some minor course corrections rather than completely the wrong destination.
  5. Challenge
    In his great book, ‘The Inner Game of Work’, Timothy Gallwey talks about the fine balance between security and challenge being what gets people motivated. By creating new things to learn, to do, we stretch our people – and ourselves.
  6. Opportunity
    Change brings new opportunity. For learning; for understanding ourselves better; for new perspectives; for different roles. These can be grasped personally or they can be dwelt on miserably. The better choice is to go for it!
  7. Team Bonding
    Change exercises, big and small can be great to develop a team. Where there is the opportunity to work together, manager with their closest people there are often places, moments where the team spirit; the trust and the shared commitment – the ‘Dunkirk spirit’ even, enables future potential of a team to be loosened.
  8. Honesty
    Where radical change proves necessary it enlightens those involved that where they are is not where they need to be. Carrying out a review of why serious change is necessary and seeking the real truth is very revealing. The icing on the cake for those involved in organisational change processes is to create a feedback loop that renders future major change unnecessary.
  9. Choice
    Change is not truly necessary. Change is about choice. You have the choice whether to accept it positively or not. It is your choice and everyone has that – believe it or not. No-one is holding you down to prevent you getting away. Take personal responsibility for the choices you make.
  10. Focus
    Change gives the opportunity for and usually gets really down to the gist of the issues that have precipitated the need. This is good. Your organisation is realising that things need to be different, for all sorts of reasons, but usually for the health of the organisation and that means you, usually. For some it may mean loss of role, status and even job – now what positive opportunity does that bring!
  11. Passion
    And finally, we have the opportunity to review our own roles, not just in the workplace, but in life too. Are you passionate about your work – or are you just muddling through? Are new opportunities presented to you personally through change – within or without the place where you work today? What is your personal passion and how do you work towards making that how you spend every day of your life?

Hey, change can be fun, if you let it be. You life can be a straight line, and if you saw that on ER, what would it mean…

© Resilience in Change 2011