Change Happens: How to Accept, Navigate and Master Change

Written by Michael Angier

Not only do we live in a time of unprecedented change, butrepparttar changes we’re experiencing are happening at a faster and faster rate. The telephone, radio and TV took decades to be placed into common use. Nowrepparttar 102106 time it takes from invention to widespread usage is just a few years sometimes months!

Our lives are significantly unlike that of our parents’. We think differently, act differently, travel differently, and we work differently. Virtually everything about how we interact withrepparttar 102107 world around us has changed in just one generation.

We’re bombarded with new ideas, new systems, new jobs, new technologies and new opportunities. The more we learn,repparttar 102108 more we realize how small our personal store of knowledge is in comparison torepparttar 102109 vast universe of data.

Most ofrepparttar 102110 change we’re experiencing is appreciated. We like most of what we see happening. While we enjoy many of these changes, there are other changes that are not so warmly embraced. There’s more uncertainty, less confidence and as a result more stress.

I’m a recreational sailor. There’s hardly anything I enjoy more than being out onrepparttar 102111 water withrepparttar 102112 wind in my sails. Sailing has taught me many things. Notrepparttar 102113 least of which is a healthy respect forrepparttar 102114 wind. You have absolutely no control overrepparttar 102115 wind onlyrepparttar 102116 way you use it. You must master your ability to handlerepparttar 102117 wind, regardless how hard it blows or which direction it blows.

And change is likerepparttar 102118 wind. It’s neither good nor bad. It just is.

But how we feel about change our attitudes toward it will have much to do with how well we navigate this turbulent sea of change. If we dislike change, resist it, ignore it or resent it, we will lose.

Onrepparttar 102119 other hand, if we use it to our advantage, we’ll benefit from it.

What’s your attitude toward change? What are your beliefs aboutrepparttar 102120 change we see around us andrepparttar 102121 change that surely lies ahead? When faced with something new and different, do you long forrepparttar 102122 old way or do you look for what advantages this may bring to you, your family, your business.

Your answer may be different based uponrepparttar 102123 type of change you face.

Choice or no choice Ifrepparttar 102124 new situation is to your liking or a result of your own choosing, you will likely have a different reaction than ifrepparttar 102125 change seems forced upon you a new responsibility at work, a shopping mall going in next door or your spouse telling you they want a divorce.

Onrepparttar 102126 other hand,repparttar 102127 more power you feel you have over a given situation,repparttar 102128 easier it is to handle.

Recognize change Author Phillip McGrath is fond of saying and he’s right, "You cannot change what you don’t acknowledge." Oftentimes we’re slow to realize or even fail to recognize changes that occur. We need to look at what’s happening and acknowledge what we need to change in ourselves in order to adapt torepparttar 102129 changes around us.

Building Solid Foundations

Written by Michael Angier

When it comes to erecting a building, few people would disputerepparttar importance of establishing a strong foundation. It's no different in building a business, a family or a life.

In 2000, we watched many ofrepparttar 102105 dot-coms become dot-GONES. One ofrepparttar 102106 reasons for this is that these companies were built without solid foundations. It's not only brick and mortar companies that need firm footings.

The emphasis today is on instant gratification. But if we want to build something of value, something that will last, we must build a foundation that will support our vision.

The quick fix,repparttar 102107 quick buck andrepparttar 102108 quick solution will not endure. The individual who shoots torepparttar 102109 top of his or her field only to self-destruct is oftenrepparttar 102110 victim of not having solidifiedrepparttar 102111 values andrepparttar 102112 structure to supportrepparttar 102113 stardom. It takes effort and it takes conviction, butrepparttar 102114 rewards are worth it.

Keep Your Eyes on What You're Building There was once a man passing by a construction site. He stopped and asked one ofrepparttar 102115 tradesmen what he was doing. The worker replied gruffly, "I'm laying bricks, can't you see that?" The man watched a while longer and then asked another worker what he was doing. "I'm just earning a living," he replied. A third timerepparttar 102116 man asked a worker andrepparttar 102117 response was much different, "I'm building a cathedral."

No doubtrepparttar 102118 personal happiness andrepparttar 102119 quality ofrepparttar 102120 work fromrepparttar 102121 last man was much better than fromrepparttar 102122 first two.

And what about us? Are we just collecting a paycheck, doing drudgery work--laying bricks? Or are we building a cathedral?

By staying focused on what we're building and seeingrepparttar 102123 task at hand as accomplishing that purpose, we'll gain greater satisfaction, our work will be lighter, and we'll create more excellence.

Foundations Take Time I recently watched a building being constructed. (I must admit I was tempted to ask some ofrepparttar 102124 workers what they were doing.) For months, there seemed to be little progress. There was plenty of dust, lots of activity, but very little evidence that anything was really happening.

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