Dan Naden

Change is Knocking. How will you answer?

I’ve become numb to change. Over my life, I’ve endured so much change that it’s now the norm not the exception. As I deal with some ‘fresh changes’, and I’ll probably deal with more ‘fresh changes’ tomorrow, I always try to pause and reflect: how am I communicating these changes to others? My peers? Friends? Colleagues? Have I been through a similar change before? If so, what did I learn?

When a change that we don’t particularly like wraps her arms around us and doesn’t let go, we can choose two paths: acceptable and flexibility or resistance and reduction.

If we accept the change, and become flexible to how we can learn from the new normal, we are thinking with a growth mindset.

If we resist the change, like a youngster spilling his tray of vegetables on the floor, we reduce our opportunity to become a contributing part of our ever-changing world.

Change is painful. Change is rough. Change is a sharp needle in the eye when ‘normal’ was just fine.

Change, however, is also freeing, refreshing, a bright splash of renewal. The next change is about to knock on your door: how will you choose to respond?

(Originally published June 14th, 2016)

Until next time,

Dan Naden

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