During this global pandemic, social media sites and the internet are awash with cliché quotes, GIFs, and memes on how change is hard but worth it. Littered with ‘pivot this’ and ‘pivot that’ or how to buckle down and do your best.
Allow me to be honest about all that— the motivation that they provide is good, but it is temporary, because motivation is temporary. Without context it isn’t always that helpful, and really, most of it is genuinely cliché. However, there are practical and useful ways you can take action to prepare for a big change so that you can walk into your future with increased confidence and know that you’re really prepared.
- Be Practical
The best way to be prepared for any situation is to face it practically. Taking a step back from the overwhelm of the situation you are facing and creating a sound plan is the best first step. Having a general plan in place will give you the recipe for you to work with and makes your Revolve to Evolve changes a little less scary.
Also, make sure that you break down the key steps you will need to take into smaller action steps, so you don’t feel any overwhelm of the big picture if you are prone to feeling overwhelm. A solid, practical plan will also give you a template to refer back to when you find yourself lost in the midst of the new normal.2.
2. Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best
With your template created, start working through the changes that you are planning and try to identify any pitfalls that may occur. Be practical about these as well. Don’t jump to the “what if I fail” drama but consider issues such as reworking your schedule or what to do when you lose motivation. Planning for the worst of situations, but hoping for the best, will allow you to be prepared without dwelling on the what ifs. Focus on what you can do and not what you can’t do.
3. Assemble Your Support network
Very few people undergo major changes entirely on their own. It is fantastic for those people that make it by themselves, but do not let that be your default plan on this journey. Assemble a support network around you.
These are people that love you and have your best interest at heart. Let these people know the change you are making, what you are intent on achieving as a result of making it and ask for their help or support along the way. Teamwork makes the dream work after all. (I know.. cliché. Sorry).
Significant change can be intimidating and scary, so taking these three steps, before making the leap, will help. Approaching a major change with practicality, a plan that allows for crap to happen, and a support system in place can make all the difference. Not only the difference between succeeding or failing, but in enjoying the process rather than making it seem like an uphill battle every day.
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photo credit – Muhammed Aikal-Sjukri