This post is next in a series focusing on Onward’s Chapter 11: Ride the Waves of Change on learning to thrive in the midst of change. We are discussing the following 4 principles that will help you manage unwanted change and possibly thrive in its aftermath:
- to slow down
- to evaluate and analyze situations
- to use your energy where it counts
- to be open to outcomes
Today we will share some insights into the second principle, to evaluate and analyze situations. When change hits, take the time to ask yourself these questions:
- What else do I need to know in order to have a more complete understanding of what’s going on? Who might be able to provide that information?
- What’s the story I’m telling about this change? How could someone else see this change? Who might be able to share another perspective on it?
- What are the ways that this change might affect kids and the community I serve?
- What is within my influence?
- What am I free to choose right now? What do I want?
- What resources do I have available to me? What can I draw on to cope with this situation?
- What might be possible if I challenge this change? What will happen if I sit it out and wait for it to pass?
Play around with these questions the next time you are in a situation of unwanted change. Notice how you are able to experience the change differently. Notice your levels of resilience growing.