2017 was a season of learning for me. I learned how to engage better and more effectively, I learned how to interview guests for a blog post and magazine article, I the learned true value of google analytics, and I learned (or was reintroduced to the idea) that change is necessary.
During a conversation with master blogger, Alex Snodgrass of The Defined Dish, we hit on the topic of finding your change. Change is inevitable, and we all know it… RIGHT?! The issue is acceptance and expectations. In today’s post, I want to explore them both and hopefully RE-INTRODUCE you to acknowledging the concept: Change is Necessary.
We all know change is coming. Like my pastor says…”We’re either going into a storm, in the middle of one or FINALLY on our way out of one”. That, in and of itself, proves change is inevitable. The question is… do we accept it? I believe there are lessons to be learned from each experience. The lesson could be meant to teach us NOT to do something, to do MORE of something, to trust/ have faith in something/someone, OR to just BE STILL and wait. We have to accept where we are and learn the lesson before moving forward. One of the highlights of my conversation with Alex was her tips for starting a blog (Listen here). In them, she starts off with the idea of STEPPING UP YOUR GAME. I love this! Just because you’re accepting a need for change doesn’t always mean you’re doing the work to make that change positive or productive. With anything, effort is necessary to be the change you want to see. That’s why I created the KICK IT UP A NOTCH checklist. Doesn’t it make sense acknowledging change is necessary also means an opportunity to do and be better?
Now that you’ve accepted that intentional change should be positive and productive, it’s important to manage your expectations. Even though change is inevitable, results can often be slow and tedious. Sometimes I feel like I’m watching paint dry or water boil. The other issue I’ve found to rear its ugly head is, even with the effort to create positive and productive change, the results of that change may not look exactly like we envisioned. With this in mind, we have to be careful to manage expectations. We should be open to the results of our change and allow it to form organically. Believe me when I tell you…. ORGANIC results are LASTING results. Don’t force a square peg in a round hole. Eventually, it becomes uncomfortable.
You know what I’m talking about…. You think you have to be something you’re not to get the sale, you’re told you should do something you’re not at all interested in doing – EVER just to make a dollar. Allowing your change to be organic means being honest with yourself and being authentic throughout the process. Listen, I get it… Change is hard. Waiting on results is hard. There is help though…
If you’re tired of forcing a square peg into a round hole and need to make an intentional change, here’s help. To jump start your efforts, grab Alex’s checklist. It’s the beginning of VIP treatment you’ll receive from me. Who doesn’t want to be a VIP?
Next, if you like this blog post, be sure to leave your comments below. I’d love to hear how you’re acknowledging the need for change and managing your expectations.