Change – just jump in!

What’s changed about how we change? Have you thought about how you’ve changed, what’s changed in your life and job, the way you work, live, and connect?

I just read an interested article in ATD’s Leader Executive Briefing. It was an article on a new book on change, and it made sense in every way but one for setting up something you want to change. Do we have the TIME to truly set up a change plan or project? I don’t know about you, but I’m thrown into situations. For example, I’m working now for Caveo Learning as a Senior Learning Architect. I work virtually, which means I manage my time, my goals, my projects, my resources. Did I have time to set this up? No, I started right away and just started doing it. Now part of that may be where I am in my career and what I’m able to do on my own. But how many of us find ourselves in situations at work, at home, with hobbies where there’s no time? We just jump right in with two feet and hope we land on them!

Some examples. When you get a new phone or technology project, do you read the manual or jump in and use it? I think we are getting to be a society of jumpers. I know my daughter rarely looks at manuals but figures things out herself. She’s really good doing that. As much as we’d sometimes like our hands held or an easy step by step guide, too often its’ here you go, get going! No matter how much time you do preparing to have a family, do you really use all that information or do you figure some of those things out yourself? Or the last two years I really learned to cook. Sure, I followed some recipes, but then did my own thing too, creating as I went. And not once did I have to order a pizza instead!

When not to jump in? Certainly some things need and require a careful training plan before doing it – I think about health and safety, where big dollars are at stake, something that’s totally new to you, or something that takes a lot of practice or apprenticeship. Or where you can’t afford to make a mistake along the way (I think about the manned space program and NASA, for example, even though they have had some tragic accidents.)

Jump in. Talk, ask, learn, seek answers, and try again. Society and change is moving faster today than ever before. It’s not about where you get on, its’ how you hold on while everything is in motion. Life’s a great adventure – jump in and embrace the change, the newness, the excitement, and the opportunity.

About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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