“Change is the only constant,” Heraclitus said, and it’s true. During our last sales meeting here at PowerMax, our CEO passed around a photocopied page on which he had arranged several quotes about embracing change. The focus of that meeting was just that. Change. As a company, we are always trying to do things better, faster, and more accurately. Since human beings are naturally very resistant to change, he’s constantly imploring us to seek it out as well as embrace it, rather than get unnerved by it. The only way anyone can improve is to allow change to happen.
He challenged us to not only accept the changes but to also thrive because of them.
Change is something from which no one can escape. Despite that, most of us fight against change with everything we have, unless our situation is changing for the better. However, since our brains seem to handle “change” with a big warning claxon horn, we have a harder time thinking of change as creating anything better at all.
Since change for the worse makes things harder or more painful, and that kind of change has happened to all of us, we tend go into denial or reaction or a state of worry when any change is even suggested. Major life changes, like a marriage or divorce, getting a new job or losing a job, or a major loss of a loved one, are regarded as causing the highest levels of stress. Perhaps at least part of that stress is due to our resistance to change.
Stop and think how you react when a change is obviously for the better. Certainly we all tend to celebrate changes like a new marriage or the birth of a child. There is usually more to celebrate in getting a new job than losing a job, too. Normally, we not only accept these positive changes, we revel in them!
On the other hand, it’s understandable that we wouldn’t revel in a worse situation, like a devastating loss or a sudden illness or financial problems, but what we can practice doing is to accept these changes, not to mentally fight against them. When we fight against the changes in our lives, then we not only feel the pain of loss or the stress of financial problems, but we also feel the struggle. We can easily get caught up in the story we’re telling ourselves about it all.
On top of the pain, we pile anxiety, fear, and anger instead of focusing on healing ourselves or finding solutions.
Move forward. As difficult as that sometimes is, it’s the only way you should move. The less you resist, the easier it will be to allow the changes to simply wash over you. Certainly grieve losses, in whatever form they take, as that is essential for healing. But at the same time, work on acceptance.
Our CEO not only accepts changes big and small, personal and business, but he celebrates them, and he’s inviting all of us to do the same. With change comes new opportunities. It might not be worse, after all. Perhaps it will even be better.
The practice of remaining in the present as much as possible helps in the face of change. Fears and anxieties come from looking ahead, and we all know from experience that our worries rarely come to pass. The really bad stuff is usually something we never saw coming. Sadness and pain comes from living too much in the past. So be here, now.
When you find yourself having a phantom conversation or grasping your hair in frustration, bring yourself back to this moment. Press your hand against something cold and hard, and focus all your thoughts on that sensation. Revel in it. Remind yourself you are here. You’re not in that past conversation, nor are you in that future conversation. Neither of those things are happening now. So be here, now.
Throughout the changes here at PowerMax, there’s something else that remains as constant as change: the amount we value our customers. Each day our team resolves technical issues for our customers. Whether it’s outfitting them with a machine that meets their needs or troubleshooting one they already have, we’re just a phone call away and ready to help.
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