Change: Do I Have To?

//Change: Do I Have To?

Change: Do I Have To?

 

What might be adding to your disdain concerning change is your self-talk.

It is amazing how our psychological framing of change can have such an impact on how we accept change.

Whenever we use negative phrases like I “must do”, or I “have to do” or I “should do”, it creates a negative attitude and a reluctant reaction to change.  Trying to guilt ourselves into action is not very motivating.

If, however, we use positive phrases like I “want to”, or I “get to” or I “look forward to”, it creates and supports a positive attitude, and possibly a proactive response to change.

If we change our attitude, it will change our action.  Try changing the framing, and you may start changing your ways.

Think about it this way.  Convince yourself that you “want to” do what I am suggesting.  You have a powerful and important position and you “get to” experience all of these exciting new activities.  You “look forward” to changing your self-talk and seizing the opportunities brought by change.

Sometimes it’s not the changes that do us in; sometimes it’s the transition.  Change tends to be physical.  Transition tends to be psychological.

If we can monitor our self-talk, catch the negative tone, and instead frame our comments in a positive way, we will be recognized as a key employee that can help move change along.

2019-02-15T12:33:52-05:00