Making Changes – Admit A Change is Needed
Making Changes is series of posts about how to make positive changes in your personal or professional life that really work . So, I hope it helps you. Perhaps, you have comments, or would like further help? If so, my email address is at the bottom of the article.
Making changes – yes, change is inevitable. And, you can’t avoid it, but sometimes we do our best to try! At the end of the day, though, we all get caught up in it. If you look back at your own life, and your career, you will know that this is true.
Some change is positive and some negative. But change is inevitable. So how do you make the most of it for you, your family and your career?
The secret is to recognize and truly acknowledge when a change is needed. Often it is hardest to admit to yourself when that change needs to be made within you. Start to watch and listen to the world around you and how those about you are responding. How do they respond to you? How have things changed? If they have changed, how are you going to respond? The world is changing constantly. So make scanning your horizons a regular part of your routine.
At home and at work
At home make sure you take time to really listen to those about you including close friends. It is all too easy to get into a busy routine that leaves no time to really talk to others outside of work. So, when you ask questions about how they are feeling, be ready to listen fully to an honest answer. And, give them time and space to fully express themselves while you take time to work out how best to respond. Staying tuned-in is an important part of maintaining healthy relationships. If a relationship isn’t healthy, be ready to take the steps necessary to put things right
At work, ask your boss for feedback about your performance if it isn’t volunteered. Begin to see how others are working now. Listen to what your boss and your colleagues are saying about the future. Read the professional and trade journals for your sector and take part in your professional organization. Keep in touch on the internet with others in your market place through organisations like LinkedIn.
Making changes – admit you need a change.
Before you make a change, you need to truly acknowledge and accept you need one. Sometimes, it will be about something within yourself or the way you act. Are you doing all you can to keep your relationships healthy?Are you fully meeting the needs of your job as it is now, It is all too easy to assume everything has stayed the same. The reality is that probably it hasn’t. But of course many of the changes may be for the better. How best to respond is really up to you.
Admitting you have a weakness is painful. It is far more comfortable to blame your partner, the boss, your colleagues or your friends. It is easier to make excuses and rationalize the situation, than admit to things as they are really and begin making changes.
Making Changes – taking the first steps
Facing reality, admitting there is a problem and taking responsibility for action set up the conditions needed for a successful change. They are your first steps in making changes.
Look out for the next post in this series. It will be about being clear about the change required.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at email@example.com
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