How do you get better at dealing with change?
How do you become better at change management?
Change never is easy, you can get better at it. The more you practice changing, the better you will be when you need to adapt.
As a kid I remember dying my hair for the first time. It was exhilarating. Same feeling the day I got glasses. Change was awesome when I was a kid, I loved capturing people’s attention because of something I had changed.
As we age we don’t want to change anymore. It’s stressful, it’s not necessary at times, we avoid it like the plague. As the now famous book calls it, “you must keep looking for different cheese because it’s never going to sit in one place for very long.”
A simple metaphor to remind us in business and in life the only thing that is constant is change. If you want to stay relevant in 2018 and beyond you must not only get used to change but embrace it and encourage it.
Here are some ways you can in your own life consistently change or how the book would put it, how to consistently move your cheese.
Change your office seating plan regularly.
Don’t have assigned seating at your office, first come first serve works.
Change your email salutation.
Change what you wear. Only wear blue jeans for the next three months.
Stop drinking coffee.
Wake up an hour earlier.
Grow a mustache.
Wear only bright colored skirts.
Shave your head.
Hold only stand up or walking meetings.
Schedule time to talk on the phone and time to block off not allowing any talking on the phone.
Turn your phone off for an hour a day.
Meditate for 20 minutes a day.
Turn your phones ringer off indefinitely.
Only drink smoothies one day a week.
Go for a run, cycle, or swim. (whichever you haven’t done this past year)
Bake cookies, a different batch every weekend.
Get a note pad, take notes every day.
Paint a painting every week.
Actually write a blog each week and publish it on the internet.
Go for lunch with someone you don’t know every week.
Start playing a new sport (ping pong is great)
Read every night before bed.
Read a book whist in the washroom.
Starting playing Go.
Only watch documentaries for a month.
Go on a silent retreat.
Take a comedy class, perform in front of others.
Volunteer once a month.
Go to sports games and cheer really loud.
Make a family supper once a month.
Learn how to make dough from scratch.
Brew your own wine or beer.
Try vegetarianism for a week (you might love it).
Try to never talk bad about people behind their back.
Have a cold shower.
Walk to work.
Take the bus.
Offer to be the designated driver.
Throw away your cutlery organizer.
Start publishing music.