5 Ways to Help you Manage Change

5 Ways to Help you Manage Change

Quite often change doesn’t always happen the way you anticipate. It may throw you off track and sometimes even make you lose some of your confidence.

You can’t control events, but you can control how they affect you.

These 5 tips will help you manage change no matter what the year brings.

1. Don’t resist the change

I want to make the point here that you might not realise that you are resisting changes. Sometimes it happens subconsciously, but the signs will be there.

  • You may feel stressed.
  • You might start taking time off work
  • or feeling that you don’t want to be in the job anymore.

When you resist change or the impact it has on the things you’re familiar with, it just makes things worse. You suffer more.

I should also add, don’t resist the way the change is happening. Just because it isn’t occurring as you expected, does not mean it’s a bad thing.

Change is fluid and unpredictable, but it’s also exciting and filled with possibilities. Change is an adventure.

It’s not easy to do, but take the time to consciously look for the positives and then focus on those.

2. Keep an open mind

It’s important that you are not attached to a specific outcome because it may not happen.

When everything around you suddenly becomes a variable, it is pretty much impossible to predict the outcome. You can have a goal in mind or a preferred direction, but the final result will be influenced by variables you can’t see.

If the uncertainty bothers you, think about the different possibilities and how you might prepare for them. The confidence of knowing you have a “plan” often helps you accept uncertainty and embrace possibility.

3. Concentrate on what you can control

If stress is starting to take hold of you, stop and take a deep breath. There is nothing you can do to stop change or make it go the way you want, but there are always parts of the change that you can have some control over.

For example, if youyou planned for your business to grow by 20% over the year but it’s only January and you’ve hit the 20% already. Instead of worrying about how you will cope and what might happen over the next 11 months, concentrate on finding and implementing systems to support what you are doing. That will give you some control over the situation now, and in the future. Like a security blanket, you have something to hold onto.

4. Choose the right thoughts

Choose the thoughts that make you feel good. ~ Dr Wayne Dyer

Although it often feels as though our heads are invaded by thoughts, what we have actually done is to allow them in. We don’t have to pay attention to every thought in our minds. Choose to overlook those thoughts which make you worry or panic and focus on the thoughts which are positive and encouraging.

5. Take care of your health

During times of change, it’s easy to let worry or overwork drive us to illness.

Part of choosing the right thoughts also involves choosing the right actions. In this case, the best form of action is self-care. Acknowledge your needs – physical, emotional and spiritual – and make sure that they are met. Far from being a sign of weakness, this is a strength building exercise which makes you strong enough to cope with change no matter what it looks like.

Don’t give up on your plans. Stick with them and see what an exciting year you can build. Enjoy the adventure.

Athena Coaching

Linda Murray is a successful businesswoman, coach, strategist and mentor, speaker and trainer. Linda’s talent is teaching women to increase their commercial success while using their authentic feminine approach. She mixes her personal experience in business, her strong academic background and her observations of hundreds of businesses to show businesswomen and female executives how to enjoy greater commercial outcomes and accelerated individual success. Linda has coached countless clients to greater success through improved business strategies, increased profits, leadership development, increased team engagement and greater personal satisfaction and commercial confidence. Linda balances the extremes required in business. She has the unique ability to focus on both the big picture and the details; the numbers and the people; the sales and the administration; the left-brain and the right-brain. Linda has a track record in assisting women in business and female executives to identify the commercially profitable big picture strategy and then create an achievable action plan to implement it. Linda built her first successful business in her early 20s, growing her business to a team of 25 bookkeepers and financial controllers. Linda’s business model modernised the bookkeeping industry dramatically – by constantly challenging the traditional models of client management and service delivery. After experiencing the results that business coaching delivered in her business, Linda became passionate about coaching. Linda sold her financial business to start Athena Coaching, where her clients enjoy the benefit of her proven commercial experience combined with state of the art coaching support and her exceptional academic background. Linda has a Masters of Business Coaching, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Philosophy), is an Accredited Professional Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner.


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