Like it or not, change -- that "avoid-it-at-all-costs 'C-word'" -- is a part of life.
Yet, most of us do everything we can to avoid it. After all, it is uncomfortable, especially since fear is part of the package.
But the truth of the matter is whether you appreciate change or rank it scarier than the monster under your childhood bed, it (and fear) is what makes life (and business) evolve.
If you've studied successful leaders and profitable entrepreneurs like I have, then you know it's also a study of failure, change and fear -- three constants in the recipe of success. But, as Jen Sincero's quote indicates, feeling fear is not a sign of doing something wrong, but something right.
(A concept is backwards from what we're taught as kids at home, in school and/or how we are rewarded at work.)
Of course change often is accompanied by vagueness, uncertainty, and a dash of chaos, and doesn't guarantee a certain outcome. But, focusing on these aspects of change, quite frankly, is only half of the truth. Change is also accompanied by unexpected gifts, new highs, and growth.
It's up to each one of us which side of the equation we're going to focus on and manifest; moreover, is indicative how we will experience life as a result.
It's not all our faults. Culturally (including those in our work places), we celebrate innovation, yet fall short on supporting the messy process change entails. And without being taught how to embrace the unknown and see what is yet to be created, we start grasping and limiting what's possible.
In our jobs, as more is asked of us or perceived to be taken away, the reaction becomes more about saving one's hide, accumulated perks, and/or perceived position of power than doing what needs to be done to succeed as a whole.
Unfortunately, leaders often incorrectly react to these behaviors by assigning the wrong value to fear -- as an indicator of heading the wrong direction or doing something wrong rather than a sign of stretching and growing.
How we manage uncertainty and change in our personal lives does impact the professional realm and vice versa. After all, we are the ones managing change. Who doesn't want easy, familiar, comfortable in our every day? But the reality of life is easy and staying put = a dead end.
The way through change? Eleanor Roosevelt wisely said:
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face...You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Or, put by C. JoyBell C.:
Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.
Next time we are facing change or fear, how might we go about seeing it as an opportunity to evolve, let go of what's no longer working, and/or try a new way of experiencing life/work?
If in a leadership position, how might we give people permission and the liberty to find new opportunities, innovate, and grow at work and personally?
This is the Gokotta Group's blog.
It is the place for us to make note of changing times, new ways of thinking, and provide examples of how greater impact is being created. It's also a spot we can focus on people. And, occasionally, showcase the type of projects the Gokotta team supports (see "Case Studies" below).