Reality is…change is inevitable! We can choose to resist change, or we can choose to accept it. There are precious “opportunity” nuggets spread throughout our lives. Because of fear and/or uncertainty we can sometimes lose our way personalizing necessary and timely changes that help organizations and people move forward.
If we prepare and choose to embrace change, we can be better equipped to accept it verses resist it. In an effort to prepare for many of the changes that have taken place in my life over the past several months, I have purposefully and intentionally prepared myself to embrace change by reading about change, innovation, attitude, and adaptability.
Over the past seven months, change has been part of my daily life. So, what’s different/new:
- Supported three different CEO’s in a period of seven months.
- Supported one of my employers through a potential sale transaction. Trust me…this has not been easy on many.
- Reminded through numerous family surgeries that life is fragile, and we are all getting older.
- Learned three applications in a new software program so I can teach Microsoft Office 2013 in October.
- Launched two businesses this year—“A Great Day’s Work” and “Admin to Admin.”
- Redesigned the interior of my home creating a new space for me to live.
- Elected and accepted a new board position with the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) California Division.
- Lost my dear Great Aunt Viola.
- Accepted that an IAAP Chapter that I co-founded over five years ago is going away.
- And more…
As I read administrative professional job descriptions and job announcements online, I continue to see the words flexible, adaptable, and a can-do attitude. I’m intentionally working hard in my personal life to live up to these words so I can bring these characteristics with me into the workplace.
In my opinion, it takes tremendous energy to fight change. I’m over it! As I get older, I’m learning that I would rather be thankful for memories, enjoy the journey, and jump in and start helping with the actions necessary for progression. I’m working to keep myself flexible and nimble so I can be prepared to help employers, organizations, family, and friends who may need my assistance. I can either choose to hold onto the past, or I can choose to look forward to the future.