Challenging Change, Reaping Positive Results
Have you ever felt stuck in a rut with no way out?
Are you struggling in some aspects of your life because you want things to be different?
There is always a solution. But you need to act on it; otherwise, it won’t work. I know because I’d done that.
I wanted to lose weight for some time. What prompted me was a picture that I saw. I hated my double-chin. However, I did not make an effort to set a target of how many pounds I tried to lose. I loosely did some exercise routines and watched my diet somewhat. A year later, I weighed the same.
From weight loss to career breakthrough to dealing with life-shattering experiences, it’s about implementing change.
Has implementing change been easy for you?
Change can be difficult.
The good news is, we are responsible for our own actions and we have full control over our thoughts, behaviors, and attitudes. I will offer some tips in promoting and effecting change.
Before change can take place, we need to be ready for it.
When do people change? The answer is simple: When they want to.
When do people want to change? The answers can be:
- When they want a different outcome.
- When they want to gain something.
- When they think change will bring in benefits.
- When they no longer want something.
- When they don’t like something.
- When they want to get rid of something.
Therefore, if you do not want to change, life remains in status quo. If you want to change but take no actions, things stay the same.
No want, no change. No action, no change either.
Change starts with the desire to see a different outcome. If you feel “stuck” in your job, your relationship, or your life, you need to desire to change the predicament that you are in. Give yourself the permission to change. Then, adopt and act on the CHANGE strategies to reap positive results.
The CHANGE Strategies
- C – Clarify your goals
- H – Have a plan
- A – Accept things you cannot change
- N – Nurture your gifts
- G – Grow your potentials
- E – Executing your change plan
1) Clarify Your Goals
Clear goals reap good results. Many times, we don’t know what we want. Naturally, we don’t achieve the results that we expect.
My friend Wanda once told me, “I hate my job. I always want to do something more meaningful. But, here I am, getting stuck in this nine-to-five grind. I need someone to lift me out from this misery or else, I will have a midlife melt-down soon.” My friend then dragged herself to work every day and nothing changed.
Without clear goals, a change plan cannot be established. Once you clarify your goals, creating a change plan sets you on the path of success.
2) Have a Plan [see Wanda’s Change Plan here]
A change plan guides future execution. Translate your goals into a plan that describes:
- What result(s) do you expect to see?
- What actions are required in order to render the target results?
- What resources (time, people, tools, equipment, etc.) do you need to carry out the actions?
- How do you measure your success?
Accepting, not fighting what is, can free our energy to do other productive things. We have no power in stopping the rain, so better bring the umbrella. Or, have you been successful changing your spouse or your parent? It’s futile to try to change other people. We can only change our responses and attitudes toward them.
4) Nurture your gifts
Change involves actions. Actions require resources, whether it’s time, money, effort, willpower, energy, creativity, training, skills, tools, equipment, techniques, or people. These resources are our gifts. We need to preserve, develop, and treasure them. Without resources, change is impossible.
Life is full of opportunities. Change is inevitable. Adapting to this constantly evolving world requires us to grow. Growth extends our capabilities and stretches our limits. Growth makes us stronger, more resilient, and more adaptable.
6) Execute your plan
Take you plan and act on each step. Monitor your progress and evaluate your results regularly. You may need to adjust your plan along the way. Keep your eyes on your goals while working through the details.
Every challenge provides learning opportunities. Reviewing the lessons learned is part of the continuous improvement process. Change can lead to transformation if we keep the change going. The process itself makes the journey worthwhile.
John Henry Newman said, “To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.”
Life is a journey. Make all of it count.
You can get unstuck by promoting and effecting change using the C.H.A.N.G.E. strategies.
What changes do you want to see?
What lessons did you learn relating to promoting or effecting change?