Change is a muscle that we forget how to flex.
As a result, it atrophies and becomes weak.
At some point, we pass a mile marker and have little tolerance for any kind of change. This limits exploration and resilience. We can opt for routines — and that works for certain aspects of our lives.
However, we may not realize what we could be missing.
That becomes risky.
We often say that habits are good. But, when does a “habit” pass its expiration date? For example, when do our daily routines become merely protection? When does an assessment of our own value or potential, become inaccurate? Of where we work?
As with any other muscle that is neglected — we must start slowly and build its capability. If not, we may be hopelessly unprepared if events arrive uninvited.
Today, I’ve altered my Sirius radio presets. (Which have never been revised). I happily discovered a couple of genres I was missing. I’ve also added a couple of new outlets to my morning reading routine. (There is nothing like a new writer with a fresh perspective.)
To be quite honest, I didn’t know what I was missing.
You may not know what you are missing.
Even small changes can feel like discovered bursts of energy. They help prepare us for what is next in some small way.
Change one thing in your routine today that might energize you — even if it brings a bit of disruption. Challenge your team to do the same. Tolerating change is actually a foundational skill that breeds stability.
See what comes up.
Change is a muscle.
Read more about it here (Vision=Change):
Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. She is a charter member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program. Her thoughts on work life have appeared in various outlets including Talent Zoo, Forbes, Quartz and The Huffington Post.