Change is not only a certainty in today’s rapidly evolving business environment, but the pace of change is accelerating.
For example, look at the pace of technological change from 1890-1990 compared to 1990-2010. For example, the Internet has created more fundamental change in our society since 1990 than pretty much any other invention in the past 100 years.
The ability to adapt to change is not only crucial to success, but to survival. For many people, change is difficult and sometimes frightening. It requires us to step out of our comfort zones and learn new ways of doing things. But change is beyond our control, and those who can’t adapt and embrace change will find themselves left behind. But there are a few ways to make adapting to change a little bit easier.
First, break down the larger challenge into smaller steps. Start with the end goal, work backward, and break your goal into individual action items. Once you achieve that objective, move on to the next. By breaking change down into smaller steps, you make it more manageable. Realize also that sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward. Success is not linear, and you may have to stage a tactical retreat to gain more forward momentum. For example, you might need to think about retooling some of your skills or seeking additional training to keep ahead of the curve.
Your own ego can also be a stumbling block. In today’s tech heavy business environment, sometimes younger and less experienced colleagues with more exposure to the latest apps, social media, or software may have the jump on you. Don’t be too proud to seek out every opportunity to learn.
Learning how to fail is also an important component of adapting to change. Fear of failure often keeps people treading water, afraid to take chances. However, failure can be a good thing, as it’s part and parcel of taking the risks that engender innovation. So learn to fail the right way, learn from your mistakes and never fail the same way twice.
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How to Be Successful by Embracing Change | Entrepreneur