We’ve all heard the saying that change is the only thing constant. Well there’s a lot of truth in the statement…in fact, embracing change is paramount to becoming successful in life, leadership and business.
A couple years ago, a very intelligent executive talked to me about the importance of continually reiventing yourself. He explained how learning is a lifestyle and not just an education, how being flexible in the marketplace gives you an edge, and that staying in neutral (aka not trying to improve) is actually sliding backwards rather than staying still.
So what is it that causes people to fear change and not accept it? Comfort, risk, routine…each of these can easily desensitize a person to a shift in trends, new opportunities or an area that’s lacking attention. One of the things that I have found to work the best in guarding against these traps is to pose yourself questions in direct reference to your management, sales, development, strategy, etc… Take a minute to step out of your own shoes and reflect back upon some of your decisions and actions. At the very least, it helps add some fresh perspective.
But it’s important to understand that continually reiventing yourself does not mean a blatant disregard for or a lack of focus. Example…“Never divorce a principle and never marry a method.”
Principles stand the test of time and should be the foundation upon which we base our efforts. However, it’s all too common for people to fall into a trap of marrying a method. This is the way that it’s always been done though. It’s just easier this way. But we’d hate to have to go back through all the trouble of creating a new process. Sound familiar?
Being flexible and embracing change while staying rooted in a sound set of principles is a formula for sucess. Daily seek ways to improve upon that which you have already planned and developed. After all, if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.
Just some “Food Forethought.”
By Micah Davis