How To Turn Change Into Opportunity
Have you ever had any of these challenges you’re sailing right along doing well in your business and in your life, and then—BAM! All of a sudden, change comes out of nowhere… It could be a change in the economy, a change in the market, a new competitor, new technology, a new distribution channel, and so on. Change comes in and disrupts your life.
As many of you business owners know, any change in your business also affects your personal life and vice versa. It would be nice if we could separate business life and personal life, but I can tell you from experience that it is much easier to separate business and personal life than if you work for yourself. And if you’re the owner or CEO of your own company, then it can be almost impossible.
The Only Constant in Life is Change
I know, because I have been there myself. Sure, some changes I dealt with pretty well. Others? Not so much… But through these experiences and changes, I have learned that change is really the only constant in life. But does that necessarily have to be a bad thing? No.
I’ve been through a TON of changes in my life—both personal and professional. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to deal with change. In fact, it caused me a lot of internal strife—particularly regarding changes or things I had no control over! I had to really take a step back and ask myself how I can drive positive change, and embrace it. I’m telling you this so you know where I’m coming from, and so you understand that, yeah, I’ve been there, too.
For those of you are going through personal challenges, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Yes, the loss of a relationship is certainly a change, but that loss can also represent an opportunity. Anytime the door to a relationship closes—even if it’s a relationship that you wish you still had—the closing of that door represents an opportunity to have more of the most precious commodity in the world: time.
Time is our most precious commodity. Anytime a relationship ends, you immediately have more time: time to work on yourself, and time for new relationships. It might be difficult to think of a new relationship after ending another one, but the reality is new relationships impact us in different ways—ways that are difficult to imagine. The truth is relationships can impact your life and even take your life to the next level. These new relationships could be love interests, friendships, or business relationships.
How to Deal with Change
You see, asking how to deal with change is the wrong question. That question comes from a frame that change is a bad thing, but we know the only constant in life is change. Therefore, why not be proactive and look for the changes that are coming and turn them into opportunities? And just do that again and again throughout our lives?
For example, sometimes I did a good job dealing with some changes. Sometimes I did a shitty job dealing with others. More recently I’ve had some time to think. My goal then became to figure out: What mindset do I need to deal with change in the right way? Better yet, is there a framework I could use to help myself actively turn change into an opportunity?
Changes are usually inflection points in our lives that have outside impacts. Knowing this I went on a journey to develop a framework to turn change and opportunity. For me, the secret was a personality test. The personality test told me that I’m totally normal in every way except one area: need for change. This means that I like it on some level. So, I had to ask myself: Had I been driving the changes that were occurring in my life, or were they happening to me by chance? My conclusion was that I drove those changes myself, but not actively or knowingly. Once I figured this out, I wanted to develop a just had to figure out a framework for driving positive changes.
When You Embrace Change As An Opportunity, Good Things Happen
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the answer. I’m going to share that with you here because I don’t want you to have to go through the same pain and strife that I did. I’ll be honest: The largest source of pain that I’ve experienced has been around internal strife over changes that I thought I had no control over. Through this experience, I learned that if you’re proactive with change and view it as an opportunity, then your life begins to change—for the better.
What’s amazing is that after I adopted this simple framework for embracing change, the opportunities it can bring, and being proactive and receptive towards change, my life suddenly got better. My work ethic, commitment to excellence, and productivity all improved—even my personal life improved—and it’s all because of one, simple framework that helped me seek opportunities as opposed to just “dealing with change”.
The truth is you have no control over many changes and change in life is one of the only constants but you do have control over what you do with it and when you view changes as positive. All of a sudden life becomes an adventure and you become a lot happier.
So, why not be proactive and look for the changes that are coming, and treat them as opportunities? When you are proactive with change, not only does your productivity go through the roof, but also your happiness. When you embrace, accept, and be proactive about change, suddenly change is no longer something that is feared. Suddenly, life becomes an adventure…