Evaluating Change

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:

  1. to slow down
  2. to evaluate and analyze situations
  3. to use your energy where it counts
  4. 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.