Friday, August 19, 2011

Top 5 things to do when Dealing with Change

The last couple of weeks have involved a lot of change. Both personal and business changes have occurred, some I am ok with some I am definitely not ok with. But change is a fact of life and even more so when running your own business.

In business change can come about due to computer upgrades, supplier changes, supply and demand changes, the list could go on and on. While some change can be planned for some cannot. Yet regardless of which you are dealing with, it must be dealt with. In business it is best if dealt with in a professional manner that doesn’t cause undue stress.

It is the changes that you can’t plan for that tends to cause the most stress and strife in one’s life. Here are a few tips and tricks I have picked up along the way that I have found to deal with it in business. They allow for one to keep their stress level down and still allow one to remain professional.

Top 5 things to do when Dealing with Change Beyond your Control:

1.) When dealing with business entities that require change that is out of your control. Approach it from an inquiring mind set. Asking questions and then making decisions from there.

2.) Walk away when the changes start overwhelming you. Go do something fun and don’t think about it for awhile. Come back to it with a clear mind and a different head space.

3.) If it is a big change from an outside source, break it down into small pieces and deal with it a bit at a time. We all want to do it all and have it done now, but that is really unrealistic when dealing with most change. And doesn’t allow you to continue with what the items you need to continue doing daily for your business.

4.) Review your goals! Maybe this change is occurring to show you that you have gotten off track or need to go in a different direction.

5.) Take a deep breath and remember that this too shall pass!

While not an exhaustive list, these are the ones I have found to be most helpful.
What ways do you have to deal with unexpected and stressful change?

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