We all know them – the person who hates change so much that they complain about the even the smallest inconveniences. When protocol changes, they panic and complain with pessimistic undertones. Despite their complaints, there is actually something that can be learned from their mindset. If they just shifted their perception slightly and channeled their outlook into seeing a challenge that needs to be conquered, these doomsayers might have a better chance of survival.
And to their credit, sometimes it’s better to see something for what it truly is – a threat. But even the most dangerous threats are clothed in opportunity.
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When Change Is Your Enemy…
1. You Are Wary of It
Knowing is half the battle. Once you are aware of the potential consequences of a particular change, you can plan your attack accordingly. When you are wary of your enemies, you are less likely to make mistakes as you do not underestimate their power and influence. Oftentimes, change comes swiftly and without warning or mercy. If you brush it off, you can easily get burned and suffer severe consequences.
2. It Gives You Healthy Competition
This is a great way to step up your game. It turns an obstacle into a challenging game and puts you in the mindset of being a step ahead, which is where you should be with change.
3. It Gives You Opportunities, Despite Its Hassles
Every change has it’s opportunities. Most people miss out on these opportunities because they are scrambling to keep up with sudden changes that put them in panic mode, or they simply ignore the change altogether, expecting to ride it out like a passing wave. If you are already a step ahead of the game then change can be a golden opportunity to turn that step into a leap. Most opportunities are ripest in the chaos of change. Consider the way the internet has turned industries upside down. Many people talk about how hard times have become in their respective fields, but there are the smart ones who are capitalizing on this and making serious money and advancements. This isn’t new. Remember the telegraph? They insisted that they were in the telegraph business, not the phone business. The phone capitalized on the changing times whereas the telegraph people foolishly clung to the old model that worked for them in the past, denying change.
In order to conquer this enemy, you must actively seek him out and confront him. If you wait, you will surely lose.