The past 3-4 months I’ve experienced profound change. I purchased my first home. As things have settled down after the move, I had been telling myself that I need to ‘get back into my old routine.’ I found my old habits were no longer there. I didn’t realize how dependent I was on habits and routines to feel secure. Yet trying to get back to normal was escaping me.
William Bridges states in “Managing Transitions”: “It isn’t the changes that do you in, it’s the transitions” He goes on to share that change is situation, but transition is psychological. Transition is how we deal with change. My desire to “get back into my old routine” was me resisting the change that had occur. The change was a good change and a change I chose to do. I underestimated the need to adapt.
Adapting is simply defined as “to make fit often by modification” I’ve committed to adapting and creating a new normal. Modifying old habits and starting new routines is now fun. Now the transition is going much smoother.
It is ironic that those of us who are change agents at work are often the ones who find it difficult to deal with change. My thought in handling the transitions in your life:
- Change can be sudden or planned, regardless never underestimate its impact.
- Give yourself ample time to grieve the old and plan the new.
- Know there are unknown. You can only prepare for the unknowns by committing to being a learner
How are you at adapting to change?