There is nothing new about fast-paced changes in our business and personal lives. However, the fact that our professional success as well as our personal well-being depends on our reaction to these changes is enough of a reason to talk a bit about these reactions and what we could do to be better equipped for the changes we face on regular bases.
How about a small two-stage experiment before continuing reading this article? Don’t worry, it probably won’t hurt.
Interlock the fingers of your hands – as seen in the picture above. Now unlock the fingers and simply change them in a way that the other thumb is on top. Feels weird, doesn’t it?! Let’s head on to the second stage and cross your arms in front of your chest. Now re-arrange your arms and have the other one in front. If you are like many other people (me included!), you struggled hard – especially in stage two.
What does this experiment tell you about yourself and your attitude towards change? What does it tell you about your attitude towards the unknown or the uncommon? What did your body tell you with regard to doing something for the first time or out of the ordinary?
This article explains what is happening in your head while you are doing something new and which factors you need to actively address to not struggle with change but engage in it with medium to little effort.