In many parts of the country, the leaves are changing colors. In Savannah, what we lack in fall colors we gain in mild winters.
But the fall colors always put me in a frame of mind to think about change. The world quickly transforms from one thing to another in the fall.
Although humans aren’t typically as demonstrative as trees when we are changing, it is a dramatic internal process.
Change can be beautiful and exciting: a new relationship, a job promotion, or the successful completion of a project.
Change can also be fear-inducing: the restructuring of a department, budget cuts, or an empty nest.
Whether you are excited for or fearful of an upcoming change, your body typically responds by releasing adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol. This process is also known as…stress!
Changes at work can be hard. Resistance is a natural response.
Stress rises because you fear the unknown, you may not understand why the change is happening, or you may not have a choice in the matter.
In these instances, you need to take active steps to control your reactions to the change.
5 Ways to Welcome Changes into Your Work
- Alter your perspective on the issue. Make a pros and cons list. Brainstorm how to enhance the pros while mitigating the cons.
- Ask for help from others. Confess your fears to a trusted colleague. Ask them for their feedback.
- Be like congress. Attach a pet project of your own onto a larger change initiative. Take advantage of the fluidity of the moment to enact some ideas you have had.
- Seize the opportunity to create process documents, templates and other infrastructure-building tools that are so hard to get done normally.
- Decide to become the poster child for the change. Be supportive in your words and actions. Your thoughts will quickly follow suit.
Once you’ve laid out the red carpet and welcomed the change, you’ll have to sustain your motivation.
Seasons change. People change. Situations change. It is part of a natural cycle.
We cannot stop the leaves from falling, but we can control how we respond it.
Happy fall, y’all.
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Dr. Melissa Gratias (pronounced "Gracious") is a work psychologist who helps overwhelmed and underappreciated businesspeople be more focused and effective. Since 2007, thousands of people have graduated with honors from her onsite sessions, distance coaching, productivity seminars, and corporate consulting projects. Based in Savannah, Georgia, Melissa is available for nationwide consulting and speaking engagements. Contact her via email at email@example.com or call 912-417-2505.Sign up for her free monthly e-newsletter or visit her website, melissagratias.com.