Change is in the air! Everywhere I look I see evidence of this. It’s not only the impending transition of presidential power. It’s also just that time of year, where people dream of change. The shift from one year to the next serves as a trigger for one to contemplate change.
As you embrace this opportunity to zoom out and look at the big picture, take a moment to reflect. Doing so will help you navigate change with more intention. If you are proactive, your efforts to change can be less daunting and more successful.
Whether you’re thinking of making a change for your own personal growth or are ushering change within an organization, give yourself a moment to gather your thoughts on the subject. Callously rushing to make big, sweeping changes is a recipe for failure. When we initiate change impulsively there is a good chance we are missing something very important.
There are a lot of benefits to writing these kinds of reflections in my journal. Writing my intentions to change down makes me more likely to follow thru. Going back and re-reading these thoughts serves as a great reminder, enabling me to tease out specifics as I am engaged in more detailed planning. Plus, I often catch errors in my thinking before acting on an idea, saving myself wasted effort.
4 Reflection Questions to help you navigate change
- What or who is initiating this change and why?
- What do I want to keep the same?
- What do I want to change?
- How can I make this shift easier for myself and others?