Change – An Opportunity or Threat?

e all know that change is happening all of the time.  Yet when it is a change that is related to our career or business, it takes on a whole new perspective.  We might see it as an opportunity, we might see it as a threat and we might even see it as a combination of opportunity and threat.

When faced with a change, it is all too easy to become paralysed by it.  If we are not careful it can lead to illness and stress.  Given this, how can we embrace change?

1. Accept it

This is the first vital step in embracing change.  We all have had times in our life when it was difficult to accept change at the time even though we know it will work out fine in the long run.  I still remember being called into the office of our newly appointed CEO and being advised that I was not part of the plans going forward.  Was I slightly disappointed at the time, yes I was, but at the same time knew resisting it was not going to help the situation.

2. Recognise your successes

I have always found that sitting and writing down all of your achievements is a powerful thing to do when you are facing a change.  For me it does two things.  It allows you to celebrate what you have done and at the same time opens the mind to things you still want to achieve.

3. Look forward

It is the easiest thing in the world to keep looking back and questioning yourself.  While it is useful to reflect on what you have learned, you don’t want to get stuck in the treacle.  Ask yourself what’s next and start moving towards it.

4. See it as a new beginning

We have all probably heard the phrase as one door closes another opens.  In terms of change, I believe that this is a really powerful metaphor.  Change is the next step in the journey, so embrace it and grab the new opportunity.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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