I have always been a bit of an early adopter, the person that for the most part thought of change as a fun and exciting adventure. For example, if you regularly read this blog, you would know 2 things about me:
- That life is far to short to not enjoy most of it - although I sometimes forget that...
- Framing (or Re-Framing) of situations will drive your behavior and therefore the outcome.
Thus, for me "change" is always something that does not bother me much. I tend to push through the change curve relatively quickly. I may not look forward to it, but I by no means dread it or actively refuse it.
But, if you knew my background you would understand it a bit more. I had learned to love change by the very nature of my life. For the past 12 years, I have lived in 11 homes. That is correct, 11! That means I have been averaging about 1 year and 1 month in my homes before I move. I have relocated my family 2 times over 800 miles each time. I have worked for 3 different companies, and held over 7 different roles. Living in 3 different states. I have, through circumstance, been force to accept change as my only constant.
With that, I have learned some very tough lessons this past year - true blue growth lessons. Real, substantial, sustainable and dynamic change does not come easy and takes real time. In my current role have been building a "living" strategy and then deploying elements of that strategy. Due to the nature of the work, I have had to accept this work as a very long term change. Something that I haven't really ever seen or encountered. Every role and every project had a very specified and defined end date, so shifting focus to a not so specified end date, a very directional outcome (meaning there is not specified target number or date). Has been a true change for me.
When I first started this living strategy, I had a few very irrational beliefs and perceptions that I had to overcome and acknowledge:
- I had only grown to accept immediate change, with immediate outcomes
- Not everyone has the same foundational knowledge that I have (i.e. not everyone knew the root cause of the issue, I assumed they all did - wrong choice)
- Not everyone would be on board with what I thought was a wonderful living strategy
- Long term change is sooooo hard (although is relatively seemed simple to me)
At first I struggled to gain long term buy-in/support, understanding, and education. That was a tough pill to swallow, metaphorically speaking. I have learned that this is a long term journey and I must "bring people along with me" - 1 by 1. I have also learn that there is a strong chance that I may not ever really see the finished product, per say. Meaning, the work we start now, may not product substantial benefits for several years. Accepting that kind of change can be extremely difficult; especially from someone whose strength is "achiever." This is change, changing behaviors.
But, I always keep in the back of my mine, a pearl started off as a grain of sand. It was only with time (a long time) that the single grain of sand blossomed into a beautiful pearl. So as it relates to the living strategy, this is just step one.