How to Deal With Change When Everything Stays the Same


I recently interviewed for a promotion. I didn’t get it. I was prepared for the possibility of keeping my current position, but it didn’t mean that it wouldn’t be an adjustment. The changes that do occur can be difficult enough to deal with. But change still has to be managed, even when nothing changes.

When you don’t get to move up, go ahead and anchor yourself down- be ready to move forward on the road ahead. Here are 3 anchors:

Look at what you have done in the past: Recognize your past achievements. Appreciate the qualities that have served you well and gotten you to the place you are right now. Define those characteristics so you can capitalize on them when you…

Look at what you are doing now: There is certainly value in what you are doing in life right now. There are likely ways you can improve yourself, as well. What more can you do, and how much better can you do it- right here, right now?

Look ahead to where you are going in the future: It is never more clear that you should be going in a different direction than when you step out in the wrong direction. When something doesn’t change that you expect should have changed, realize that it is because there is something different, even better, on the horizon. Your thoughts on this may range from skeptical to “aha,” but the point is there is a unique place you are headed in life, a place only you can go that requires your unique gifts, talents, and abilities.

And above all, remember the words of Paul the Apostle: … for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Godliness with contentment is great gain. Be thankful for your blessings and appreciate all that you have.

What is your biggest frustration with changes that don’t take place? How have you found contentment through your anchors?

Copyright (c) 2013 Glen Gaugh

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