How I deal with change.
Last weekend I encountered a butterfly, and some readers commented how it was a symbol of change. This butterfly also reminded me that this beautiful creation was a fragile and temporary life. Life is always changing, often those changes can be unexpected and those things that we tend to take for granted can be lost to us.
Change did come to me this week, to my business. Circumstances in three large business customers changed unexpectedly. Though I had not lost any of those customers, they presented me with challenges and uncertainties that changed my relationship to them. Change in life is rarely rainbows and happy smiles, more likely unexpected shocks, challenging and sometimes traumatic.
The first rule in dealing with change is to stay calm. If you lose your head you are going to make mistakes and cause more problems for yourself.
The second rule is to adapt to the change. No point fighting to oppose and control change. Better to flow with the change.
The third rule is call in support, a friend or ally to help you cope with the change.
Business can be like a chess game. What I now have to do is up my game play to the next level. I am hunting for additional customers, I am creatively improving and adapting my business processes to meet my new challenges.
Change is a fact of life, those that can handle change well are calm, adaptable and call in support as needed.