When it comes to owning a business, learning to embrace change is a necessary skill. Especially in retail when dealing with the public — just when you think you’ve seen it all — someone will throw you for a huge loop.
I used to stress about it — or lose my temper — but over the years I’ve become much better at learning to go with the flow and being open to whatever gets thrown my way. Here are 5 of my best tips to become better at embracing change in the fast-paced, crazy world we live in.
1. Travel to an unfamiliar place
Travel is magnificent, whether to an unfamiliar town or a different country. It’s always an adventure in a new place! New faces. Delicious food. Interesting sites.
I still remember the excitement of my first trip to Europe as an exchange student in college. My fellow travelers and I met up at the airport along with our instructor, and soon we were en route on an overnight flight bound for Madrid. I recall waking in the morning to the smell of coffee and a beautiful sunrise that was starting to illuminate the inside of the plane. Before I knew it we were descending and poof! — we were magically in Spain.
If you’re feeling stuck and can break away even for a day or a weekend, a travel diversion works wonders because it pushes you to adapt and be more self-reliant.
2. Change your mindset with a morning mantra
If you want to embrace change, the biggest roadblock is usually just a mindset issue based in fear that things will be bad or difficult. Indeed they could be, but worrying about it will definitely not help you out! Most of the time our fears don’t come to pass, so you’ll be in a much stronger position by not focusing on them.
I’ve found that improving my mindset with some mental conditioning helps me get my day off to a better start.
Ever since that first trip to Europe, I’ve made it a practice to look in the mirror each day and say to myself “Today I could go to Europe!”. It has become my morning mantra.
Back to that time on the plane, I found it incredible to think that just the day before, we were on another continent! Less than 24 hours prior everything was familiar, and then suddenly nothing was. Instantly, I was in an enchanting land where a brand new story would unfold over the next three months.
My “Today I could go to Europe” mindset means that every day is a gift that holds unlimited potential. Also that by being open to whatever may come, a brand new story will unfold.
I love this advice on how to create your own kick-ass personal morning mantra. I hope you get crackin’ and come up with a really good one!
3. Embrace change and be quick about it
The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow. – Rupert Murdoch
Ever notice how the more you hesitate the harder it becomes to make a simple decision? I have found myself at the supermarket literally paralyzed in front of the bacon display trying to decide which brand to buy when my favorite one isn’t available.
You see, it has to be natural bacon without GMOs.
Grass-fed and humanely raised.
And then once I find a brand I like, I rifle through the packages in order to find one with minimal fat. (Because the fat grosses me out!) This in itself can be an insurmountable task. Once in a while, I’ll make it this far without having an anxiety attack and then I’ll check the price and that will throw me into a tailspin.
Sometimes after I’ve spent 10 minutes just looking for bacon, I’ll just give up and walk away because by that time my fingers are freezing and I’m just so confused.
Can you relate?
Even if you can’t relate to my very real dilemmas with bacon, surely you’ve encountered a situation where you overthink something to the point of exasperation. My advice in a changing environment… keep your hesitations in check and be quick about it! The more you waffle, the more paralyzed you’re likely to become.
4. Escape your daily comfort zone
You don’t have to take a trip around the world to practice getting comfortable with change. There are small things you can do in daily life to challenge your ability to go with the flow. I believe this is so important — especially as we age — that I even wrote a little ebook about it.
You’ll find the link for the ebook at the bottom of this page… get it for free!
5. Keep your expectations in check
You plan a party and the caterer is late.
Your cat is on a tare and zigs right when you think he’s zagging left and you end up face planting to avoid him.
You lose your largest client.
Your spouse didn’t do X, Y, and Z — in that specific order.
None of these scenarios represent how you wanted things to go, but the stronger your death grip on expectations the more pain you’ll experience when things go awry. Except in the case of the cat, you’ll experience pain regardless!
The point is, it’s always a question of how quickly you’ll recover when reality doesn’t line up to strict expectations. So try to ease up a little and leave some space for the unexpected.
Always remember… learning to embrace change is about accepting the journey with all its twists and turns 🙂
For more tips on embracing change, I super love this post in Real Simple! If you have any special tips that help you embrace change in a fast-paced world, we’d love to hear. Please share in the comments.