Leadership Essential: Stop Fearing Change

Most of us have a jar that accumulates our monetary change over time. We do this because change is a pain! It's heavy and rattles around in our pockets or purses when we try to carry it around. It's uncomfortable and difficult to manage. Yet, change is unavoidable, and the way we manage monetary change in our lives is the same way many people deal with change in general.

Our bodies change in even the smallest of ways each and every second as we age. The seasons change. Our children grow and learn (changing as they go). The world changes; admittedly not always for the good, but it is change nonetheless. So, with all of this change around us, you’d think we would be used to change by now. You would think that we had figured out how to manage it and stopped fearing the change in our lives. Yet, we still fear change… run from it… attempt to compartmentalize it in an effort to keep it at bay! For all of the effort, we get a giant lump of change (stored in a "jar") that we never utilize to our fullest advantage. We know it's there. We count it, track it, and yet, we push it aside to the point that it weighs us down.

Why does change frighten us?

Change in and around us requires us to change with it, when we'd much rather stay comfortable, feet firmly planted, in what we know. Being with the unknown—doing things that are new and even slightly out of our comfort zones—is difficult for most people, but to manage change successfully you have to learn and grow with it. You do that by embracing the change that comes your way. Leave your FEAR (not change) in the jar!

If you attempt to control, compartmentalize, bury, or even accumulate change, you risk completely missing out on the opportunity that change brings you. Does that mean change is always easy? Of course not! Change is weighty, but it is also valuable. It has worth and when you use change as a means to learn and grow, you open up a whole new world of possibility.

As W.E.B. DuBois said, "The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become."

"A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision with a task is the hope of the world."

At the start of 2020, did you make a list of goals for the year? Even if you aren't in the habit of writing resolutions, you probably had some hopes and plans in mind. At that point, few could have imagined the challenges we would face. Now, in September, I would bet that few of our original goals for 2020 have been realized — though we can also view this as an opportunity to shift our mindset, reset priorities, and sharpen our vision for the future.

Most of us live our day-to-day lives on automatic without giving much thought to a larger purpose or meaning for who we are or what we do. Even leaders with the greatest of intentions can fall into this trap. So, what’s the problem?

Leadership that lacks forward thinking can quickly lead to discouragement and financial failure. Therefore, leadership without vision is actually dangerous! Think about it this way:

Imagine you are traveling in a car with your team, and each of you have your heads buried in your GPS devices. No one, not even YOU, the driver, is looking  at the road! In this scenario, it is difficult to see how you could possibly avoid an accident, right? However, when you pay attention, ignore the distractions, take in the scenery, and are present to where you are going, you will have a successful trip! It's the same with being a visionary leader.

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27 Mar / 2020

Managing Change

Here is another extremely relevant podcast to help you get through these crazy times we are experiencing.  Our lives have been thrown for a loop and we have totally changed the way we are used to living.  If you are like me, I have a hard time dealing with change.  Listen to this podcast, it will help you get through all of this change.

There has never been a more appropriate time to release this podcast.  This is something I published 10 years ago and is very relevant today considering the mass hysteria gripping our country over the Novel CoronaVirus.  Take a listen and let me know how you feel about what is going on.

22 Dec / 2019

Beyond Success

Oh My Gosh!!!  Where did the year go?  We look back on all the things we did this year, and then we think about all the things we didn’t do, but wanted or planned to do… The year really ought to be twice as long!!!

We’ve made it a practice at the end of each year to write down all of our accomplishments just so we can get a sense of what we’ve actually done.  It’s amazing how good we feel after looking over our list.  We challenge you to do the same and have fun!!!

That being said, what’s next for you?  What’s beyond your current success?  What do you want?  Could it be furthering your career?  Taking on more family time? Retirement? What about a total change in lifestyle?  Whatever your desire or circumstance, check out what may be stopping you from moving forward.

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