Are You Willing to Change?
Adapting to change is not just a skill; it’s a necessity. In my talk, “The Power of Change,” I delve into this crucial ability, especially in our work lives. We often find comfort in the familiar refrain: “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” But have you ever stopped to ask why? In most cases, it boils down to fear. Fear of the unknown that comes with change.
Let me share a personal story from just this evening.
My children have a set bedtime routine on school nights: in bed by half-past eight, iPad for 15 minutes, and then it’s lights out with an Audible book playing. Tonight, at 8:45 PM, as we switched to Audible, my son asked, “Mummy, when can I use my iPad in the morning?” Our morning routine is equally structured, yet he was engrossed in a video and wanted to finish it.
He had 10 minutes left of a 20-minute video. In that moment, I made a decision that broke our routine: I allowed him 10 more minutes. It was a small act, but significant. It symbolized my willingness to adapt to the situation.
Maintaining a routine is important, but so is the ability to be flexible, especially as parents, leaders, or managers. Adapting shows those around us that change is not only possible but also positive.
The fear, in this case, was that breaking the routine once might lead to a habitual expectation. But it’s essential not to let the fear of what might happen in the future prevent us from being adaptable in the present.
As we step into a world where change is the only constant, we must confront our fears and ask ourselves: Why are we hesitant to change? Are we afraid of the unknown? Remember, being adaptable doesn’t mean losing control; it means having the courage to adjust when necessary.
So, as you navigate the complexities of life and work, think about whether you are truly open to change. Embracing adaptability can lead to growth, innovation, and unexpected successes.