Have you ever baked a recipe only to find out while eating it later that you left out an important ingredient? You can tell almost immediately that you didn’t do something right. The same thing can happen to you when attempting to try something new.
There are two key ingredients that have to be included in any process of change:
The Right Attitude Within You & The Right People Around You
The Right Attitude Within You
“This is the way we’ve always done it.”
Those are mental limitations. I know, we usually hear those expressions from other people; but have you slipped into a subtle resistance of your own?
I have always been an early adopter and willing to trail blaze when needed. So, you can imagine my surprise when I suddenly realized that a recent change caused my tolerance needle to bounce around in the “red zone” for a few minutes. I did not like the “new way” and started wishing for the good old days.
“Hit the brakes! Does this mean I’m getting old?”
No, I had just gotten comfortable with my preferences. When we get too busy with life and work, we gravitate to patterns and systems that have familiarity in order to keep a sense of balance. That’s natural. It is also a dangerous, slippery slope that affects our attitudes toward change. Learning something new takes time. It means I have to let go something I’m good at, in order to take hold of something I’m not good at...yet.
Someone jokingly said: “Change will not kill you, the transitions might.”
We laugh, because we know that the growing and learning during the changes is the hard part. But what we learn is what can make us better.
The right attitude within you is evident when you are open to a new experience and willing to act on what you learn.
“Experiments are key to innovation because they rarely turn out as you expect and you learn so much" - Jeff Bezos
What have you learned lately about your openness to trying new things?
Let me know.
- Steven Iwersen