Especially When The Only Thing Constant is Change
That the only thing constant is change is true whether we are talking about our behavior, decisions, organizations, companies or in nature. What we can be absolutely certain of is that there is always going to be change, whether we like it or not, whether we are ready for it or not!
We all seem to expect that life will continue along the way it has in the past, or only change the way we would like it to.
As business owners we are frustrated when we are doing exactly what we have done in the past that worked, but what we are doing is no longer producing the same results.
I think as human beings we don’t change unless either we are forced to because of a challenge or because we have a powerful vision that pull us forward.
Without one of those two forces we tend to continue doing what we are doing and how we are doing it.
And yet change always opens up opportunity.
I recently read an interesting book called “The Rational Optimist” by Matt Ridley. He argues (with a lot of statistical and historical data supporting his argument) that life continues to get better, that our quality of life continues to improve.
Matt argues that our environment has improved, our rates of disease have decreased, our standard of living has improved and will continue to do so at an accelerated rate.
And issues that at first seem to be a constraint end up being a turning point – for example about five years ago there was a lot of press and buzz that we were running out of oil. At current consumption we would run out in about 10 years. Dire straits!
Five years later we this doesn’t even rate a mention in the press – how come? Well the pressure or risk of running out of oil opened a demand for innovation and new technology was developed that enabled us to drill deeper and tap new reserves. At the same time our efficiency for how we used oil increased as well as awareness and demand for alternative products.
Apparently we are back to a virtually unlimited supply again??!!
But if you look you will see the same scenario happening over and over again in all areas – we resist change and yet change always creates more opportunity, often in an area you hadn’t considered before.
So, how do you Harness the Opportunity in Change?
1. Set a clear Vision.
- Choose a time frame – three years, five years, ten years or more
- Ask yourself – what does life look like if at that time period I am happy with the outcome. Develop the picture of how your life, business, health, relationships, finances look at that point in the future and capture it as your Vision.
2. Use your Vision to set specific, measureable goals.
- You can set goals for different time periods but definitely set One Year Goals and then capture what your strategy is to achieve your One Year Goals (actions required, projects, people etc).
3. Use Breakthrough Thinking
- A goal is always about achieving something that you have never done in the past. It has you stretch and learn based on what you know today. As you take actions towards your goals you will learn exactly what you need to know in order to reach your goal – but how you learn is by paying attention to what is working and what is not working. In particular, what is not working or what goes wrong communicates EXACTLY what you need to know in order to reach your goal.
- Click here for a short video “How to End the Struggle” explaining the power of using what isn’t working to fuel your growth.
4. Resources or Education
- Find resources, programs or tools that will help you see options and opportunities that support reaching your goals. Often what you need is a different way of looking at the issue.
- Click here for “The Shifting Point” video for the secret to using cycles to grow your business.
5. Surround yourself with a Network & Support
- A tip to accelerate your results and growth is to surround yourself with like-minded people, other business owners who are dealing with change and working on growing their business – not just surviving but thriving.
- Be active in the Profit Generator community! Post a response to this newsletter. Learn from others and share your experience.
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