Friday, October 16, 2009

There Will Be Change in the Future: How Will You Respond to It?

There are three types of change. Each may bring about positive results, but the pathway to the change is much different. So also are the feelings one experiences during the change.

Change By Crisis

Change may be precipitated by a crisis. You have a heart attack. Your spouse leaves you. You lose your job. You go bankrupt. These events are “wake up calls” that bring about forced change -- often for the good.

An alert person would have seen the warning signs and taken action earlier. The less astute reacts after they are confronted with the change. The response of the latter usually is to cope with the change and try to adjust to the impact the change has thrust upon them.

The physical, mental, emotional and financial cost of changing by crisis usually is very high.

Change By Evolution

Another way to change is by evolution. This kind of change occurs when a person notices other people are changing. So they change too. They adapt their strategies and tactics to mirror those around them. The external environment provides the primary motivation to change. They evolve as the world evolves around them.

The problem with change by evolution is that those who change this way often don’t react fast enough to stay competitive. Me-too change is always a few steps behind. By only changing when the need to change is obvious, they are obviously late in doing so.

Change By Anticipation

In this type of change the person takes a mental journey into the optimal future and creates a vision of where he or she wants to go.

With a clear destination in mind, the person then compares where they are to the vision. They use the gap between the two to propel themselves into the future.

In anticipated change, people create their future. They see change as a challenge or adventure and take on the change willingly. They respond to conditions rather than reacting to them. They look forward and position themselves for success by anticipating future situations and conditions.

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