Accepting and processing change is amongst the hardest challenges facing human beings. As a matter of progress people seek change to make positive differences in their lives, to improve their jobs and to even make a difference to society and their world at large. While working towards making these positive changes people crave they somehow remain unaware of the impending microcosm of change that is about to come into their lives.

Throughout history change has occurred as a means of helping humans evolve from the times and tools of the cavemen to the advancements of scientists and technologists in the twenty first century. During this evolution there has been a movement from a reliance on the human-based tools to more technologically based tools. The evolution of the human race through the introduction of inventions was slow to begin with, but within the last 25 years these changes have begun to appear on an almost daily basis.

With the world we live in changing so frequently and with the news in the world being so turbulent there has never been a better time to introduce the topic of change management into your personal life.

Managing Change

The important thing people do not seem to realize is that change needs to be managed. In most people’s lives change just occurs, but in truth change needs to be managed just as you manage your daily duties at home, at work, your budget and your chequebook.

Changes causes ripple effects within our lives and the lives of those we interact with and as a result it is important that we understand what types of changes may result from changes we intend to make. Thinking about this before making changes and planning how to deal with those issues that result is an important part of change management.

When people are planning changes they are seemingly unaware or un-phased by the potential crisis that awaits others once the change has been implemented. It does not matter if the person worked directly to implement the change, if he/she supported the change or not he/she wished for the change to be successful the ability to accept and process the change.

When this vision is implemented and the change comes to fruition the actual process of changing causes turmoil.   Why is this the case?

People are used to the status quo of their lives and are often more willing to live with unhappiness than to change due to a fear of change. When presented with an opportunity to change few people actually accept. Those who willingly accept typically have discovered the secret to managing the change process in their lives; they are more willing and able to go through the discomfort that comes with new situations, new feelings and adjusting to doing things in a different fashion.

To reduce the feelings of turmoil, the creation of the feeling of crisis or chaos people who are being "forced" into unwanted changes need to master the art of "Personal Change Management". People who are forced to change need to learn how to manage change to allow themselves to accept changes as they occur within their lives. Accepting the changes will help to alleviate the stress, anxiety, depression, and physical illnesses that can go along with changes.

How can I manage change?

  1. When you think of change replace the word “fear” with the word “excitement”.  By removing the negative emotion from change and associating it with a positive emotion like excitement it allows you to shift how your body and mind will respond to the change.
  2. Make a list of how the change will positively impact your life. Knowing that the change makes a positive difference will allow you to see the change as beneficial.
  3. Make a list of how the change will negatively impact your life. Knowing that the change makes little negative impact on you will help you to see the change as being no big deal and will allow you to feel capable of adjusting to the situation much faster.
  4. Discuss the change with others who are going through the same change and who are struggling with managing the change. Helping others understand how to manage the change will help you to complete the process within yourself.
  5. Give yourself time to adjust to the new situation and be gentle with yourself until you have accepted what the change brings to your life.

 

About the Author

Susan Eskdale is a professionally trained writer and editor experienced in personal and corporate change management. Susan writes for on-line magazines with submissions ranging from articles to poetry to fiction and self-help oriented topics. She enjoys a diverse range of interests, but professes her passion remains working on her novels.

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Comment by Susan E. Eskdale on April 1, 2015 at 2:23pm

Thanks for all your help Shelly!

Comment by Susan E. Eskdale on April 1, 2015 at 9:45am

Thank you for your help Shelly. I had placed personal growth in the ategory 12 hours ago, but it disappeared. I will look forward to feedback from Diane.

Comment by Susan E. Eskdale on March 31, 2015 at 9:39pm

I've updated the category. I've changed the bio to 60 words, but it is less than 400 characters (hope it is still okay).

Comment by Susan E. Eskdale on March 31, 2015 at 6:55pm

Hi Shelly,

I'm not sure why the tags didn't show up as I had typed them in. I'm not sure where to add the category though. Could you please direct me in this?

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