Change is an innocuous word, but if applied to any organization or a person’s life, it takes on a sinister shadow. Nothing is harder than to take a leap into the unknown or adapting our routine to accommodate a new innovation. Back in 1998, the Postmaster General of an Asian country was trying to introduce computers into their system. The workers were threatening to hold a strike, even if they were working overtime to meet their customers’ needs. The workers were afraid of being replaced with automation, and of being laid off. Fast forward 20 years later, not only have computers become irreplaceable in any organization, snail mail has also virtually become a relic.
Change is an Opportunity
Change is hard, but it’s also inevitable. The best way of dealing with it is to pounce on the opportunities that it presents. Yes, there are threats, but with a little vision and imagination, what can be dangerous can be the birth of a new you. Back in 2014, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been called past their primes, losing in the early rounds of Grand Slams in tennis. Pundits were lamenting the end of the Golden Era, and looking towards the new generation of tennis stars to replace the old guard. Beginning last year, both tennis greats swept all the Grand Slams. What happened is that they continually adapted to each new challenger and tweaked their games to compensate for the loss of physicality that ageing has brought.
Some people would say that you have to know yourself to be victorious against the opposition. Like do a personal SWOT analysis. That’s true up to an extent. What’s also true is that you don’t know what you are capable of until you have done it. I took my Mother, my Aunt, and their friends mountain climbing. They were all past the age of 60 and have never had any experience trekking. My Aunt and her friends have just retired and wanted to see the famous Banaue Rice Terraces. We went one step better and I had them walk on the terraces itself. They wanted to realize their dream of seeing a UNESCO heritage site but thought they were too old to manage the uphill trek. Don’t judge your capability to handle change, you can be better than you think.
Have a Vision, Make a Plan
It’s easier to navigate choppy waters if you know where you’re going. Having a vision is like knowing exactly where your ship is going. Having a plan is knowing which route your ship will take. Your route may shift if there’s an incoming storm, but because you know your direction, you can still steer true and get to your destination.