"Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action."
- Walter Anderson
This is not a post about accepting change, blah, blah, blah. It is however, about an important part of the change process that doesn't get much airtime.
For many years I maintained a...comfortable...relationship with change, and risk, and my life. Changing things up were always okay with me, as long as they weren't too much, or too fast, or too risky.
Hmmm. That sounds like I was too boring.
But, feeling comfortable is something we all strive for, right? Feeling good about the company we work for, connecting with our coworkers and knowing we have successfully integrated into the culture are all good things.
Restless and Stable
For those that know me, I can barely sit still let, alone not try new tools or strategies in my work. My restlessness is a strength (at least I choose to define it that way!) and I embrace that constant churn.
However, that constant motion could quickly unravel my world if I didn't also focus on building a stable foundation from which to work. This is the part that gets missed so often when talking about the power of change.
If the corporate culture is not relatively stable..if systems have not been built...then change will destroy, not improve the workplace.
Stability is key, and allows you to take action with confidence.
How About You
Have you invested in the relationships, worked to understand the norms and culture of your organization, and then made the bold moves necessary to be successful? If not, maybe today is a good day to start?
I'd love to hear from you.