Change is a constant in life. We’re currently experiencing a change in the seasons as we shift from winter to spring. There is no better time than now to determine what is or should be the change for you. When you view your life broadly, what do you find are the things that are working really well for you? Conversely, what are some of the areas that aren’t working so well? If you have not taken the time to consider this, now is a good time to do so. When you get clarity, you can then determine how you will actually evolve and improve in areas that are important to you.
Minimizing distractions such as turning off a cell phone, television or radio and taking some time out to think is one way to begin the process of assessing where you stand today. You could journal or connect with a friend or significant other and request feedback. In the workplace, reviewing performance reviews or various assessments for trends or consistent opportunities is an option. You could also ask your boss, co-workers or direct reports to provide you honest and candid feedback. If you do this, I encourage you to humbly listen and respond with a thank you after they are done. Refuting or reacting incorrectly could eliminate your ability to receive candid feedback in the future. It could also lead to morale problems or a breakdown in relationships.
Once you have received feedback, the next step is to do something with it. This can often be the most difficult part of the process of changing. Changing behavior by breaking bad habits and conditioning takes time and support from a willing party who has your best interest in mind and is willing to hold you accountable. Any effort that you make to change will lead to growth and personal fulfillment. That is true regardless of any difficulty that you experience. What will be the change for you and how willing are you to take the steps to make it happen?