12 Ways to Stay Relevant in this Changing World

 

What happens when change come? The day of AI to over  is close, technology is taking over. Change is inevitable but at times we try as much to avoid it, but why? We fear the uncertainty it brings. Having to leave our well-defined territory or comfort zone to the unknownis not palatable – though it carries great rewards with it – yet; we try to evade this process.

But no matter how hard we try, change is inevitable. What then can we do to enjoy from change? Below are twelve steps to help

#1 Change the way you look at change —

From losing something to gaining something – for that’s what change does. Change comes to help you gain something you never had and never would have in some ways other than to change.
Change is constant. Some change brought you here and now another is taking you elsewhere. You had done it before, so you can do it again.
Change is a propelling force with several opportunities and destinations. You chose where you’ll land after all by how you choose to respond to it. Choose your final destination/condition wisely.

#2. The biggest inhibitor to change lies within you – your fear.

Nothing gets better until you change. There is always new opportunities out there, whether you recognize it at the time or not, and you are rewarded with it when you go past your fear and enjoy the adventure.
When adapting to change, you are more likely to be running behind because you are weighed down by fearful beliefs. But when you move beyond your fear, you feel free.
Of course, some fear should be respected, as it can keep you out of real danger. But realize most of our fears are irrational and keeps us from changing when we needed to.

#3. It is safer to adapt to change than resist it.

What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists. Making change offers a better hope than wishing for what has already changed.

#4. Your mindset determines what you think and/or do.

Thinking more about what could go wrong than what could go right, or that the old is better, Or that change was injustice are a function of the mindset predominantly operating in you. Holding on to old beliefs as these do not lead you to the new opportunities
You need develop new belief about change. This new beliefs would encourage you to behave in a new way. When you change what you believe, you change what you do.
You can believe that a change will harm you and resist it. Or you can believe that finding new opportunity will help you, and embrace the change. It all depends on what you choose to believe.

#5. Change time is learning time.

What makes you excel in your comfort zone is how well you know it. How well you know and understand is the same reason you’ll excel or fail when change comes. So, when change comes, tell yourself, “Boy, you’ve got a lot to learn.”

#6. Prepare for change. Make future plan and forecast for both the best and worst scenario, even for the seemingly impossible. This would equip you and prepare you to be at advantage should the change you foresaw come to pass. Doing this requires paying attention to the details; both of the past and the present. Decide to stay more alert from now on.  Expect change to happen and look for it. Trust your basic instincts to sense when change was going to occur and be ready to adapt to it.
Realize it is natural for change to continually occur, whether you expect it or not. Change could surprise you only if you didn’t expect it and weren’t looking for it.
The more important something is to you the more you want to hold onto it, the more you want it not to change. But to enjoy change, you need to realize: “nothing too good or too bad last for too long”
Noticing small change early helps adapt to bigger change that are to come.

#7. Keep change simple.

When change comes, use your brain and emotions to keep things simple and not complicate things. It would be to our advantage to do the simple things that work when things change. Do not over analyze things. The problem and the answer are both simple. The situation at present has changed. So, you also decide to change. Knowing where to make the corresponding changes is quite important. With change, the decision is not whether or not to change, but what/how to change – except you want to experience the hard side of change.

#8. Change or become extinct.

Many businesses there are that are no more. One reason that account for this is that they failed to change when they needed to. The change may have been technological, socio-economic, or even political – things they had no direct control over – yet they could have adapted in order to make it.
For instance you are importing electronics. The cost is importation – due to fall of currency (as it was in Nigeria a few months back) or ban – becomes too exorbitant, making your profit margin very lean. What happens? That’s change! You can’t stop it. You either adapt or soon be out of business – extinct! As represented in the book, “Who Moved My Cheese?”  Remember, Move with the Cheese!

#9. Get to work! Nothing changes ‘Change’ until you change.

You may scream, get mad, blame others, deny it or feel frustrated…nothing would change until you change. Movement in a new direction helps you find a new opportunity.
When it comes to change, you may be like: “I like it here. It’s comfortable. It’s what I know. Besides, it’s dangerous out there.”  But I reality, No it isn’t. What’s more dangerous, going on an adventure to new possibilities or holding on to something going for extinction? With change, holding on or adapting are equally dangerous and uncertain. But adapting increases your chances to benefit from change. Also, you’ll be taking control, rather than simply letting things happen to you.

#10. Imagine it.

Imagining finding new opportunities and enjoying it make you more willing to go out of your comfort zone. The more clearly you see the image of finding and enjoying the new opportunities, the more you will feel stronger urge to make the necessary change(s).

#11. The earlier you change the better.

It would make things even easier. Everyone needs to adapt faster, for if you do not adapt in time, you might as well not adapt at all. It takes time to adapt, the quicker you let go of old opportunity, the sooner you can enjoy new ones

#12. ‘Working harder’ in hope that nothing has really changed won’t make things any better; adapting and making change(s) would.

You need to realize the difference between activity and productivity. In the real world, Change is a vehicle without reverse gear – it keeps going forward. No matter how hard you ‘work’ nothing you do would make things return to exactly how it once was: life is not elastic!

Hope you find this interesting and educative. Change happens every day with the change of the second. Use these steps and make the most of the changes you experience.

Oluwaseun Hephzibah, Innovator @ Stackpreneur

I'm an entrepreneur, IT Consultant, guitarist, chess newbie, amateur writer and a Nigerian. I'm a great motivator and I can push you to achieve your dream. ------------------------------------------------------ email: babatundeseun2014[at]gmail.com

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