Life and business are always changing. In fact, the one thing that we can all count on is change. Sometimes businesspeople are frustrated and angry with changes in their industry, or even in their community. Professionals who are part of a larger organization or company may be upset or confused by changes that are a natural part of the business cycle.
I would like to share some thoughts about this with you.
First, we usually don’t see behind the scenes. There is always another side to the story, and there are typically more facts and information than we are aware of that went into the decisions which resulted in the changes.
Some people say that they liked things the way they were. They say it before they have fully explored or tried the changes, often forgetting that “the way things were” was once something new, something that was also a change at one time.
Second, we must have belief. We have to believe in what we can do to help more people – more people in our local communities, and more people that we are connected to through our company or organization.
John C. Maxwell says that leaders always put other people first. When we focus on our mission and our goal to help others with our products and services, we become successful leaders.
As leaders, it is imperative that we believe in the processes that we work within. We have to believe in what we do so that others can see and feel that belief… so they can be inspired by it. Inspired people motivate themselves and they also encourage others to perform at their highest potential, sharing their excitement and energy in their contributions to their work and throughout their lives.
Status Quo will Go
I understand that people like the contentment and the comfort that they feel with a successful status quo. However, a successful status quo is the present, which is built upon a strong past. A comfortable present right now does not mean that the present we experience next week or next year will be exactly the same. The changes that today brings can contribute to our future success.
We all know this at some level, and if we think about it, our daily lives are full of yesteryears’ changes that we now embrace. The telegram, telephone, pager, and the 2-pound mobile phone all were the status quo of their day, and now the majority of us rely on our smart phone, which itself was a major change and disruption to the industry.
Whether we like it or not, the future involves change. Today’s status quo will go, and the change will happen. We can choose to resist it or to embrace it.
We can all count on change in our lives.
Consider this: Is complaining about a change that is already in place going to help your customers and clients? Is it going to help you achieve greater success? My advice is focus on your own company, your team, your department, your own actions. You’ll do well if you do that.