Do Writers Need to Manage Change? Part Two

In part one we looked at why CHANGE is one of the most important elements of being successful in life, both on a personal and professional level. It’s also known to be a critical element in business management today. As writers we are very aware of the increasingly competitive market we work in every day. We know that most of us will need to adopt a positive attitude to change at some time in our career. I mentioned how one of the more interesting tools developed has been the self-assessment exercises which helps people improve their ability to manage change. But first let’s look at influencing behaviour to change.

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Below are a few factors that help to influence a change in behaviour?

We all know that goal-setting is significant tool to helping people remain focused on achieving objectives. But it’s also very helpful when introducing change into your writing life.

It’s also good to review practice and procedures and change the way you interact with others in your profession or team. I’m a great believer in respecting all people even if their views are different to mine. So listen and reflect on what people in your field of work have to say. You may also need to change procedures that are no longer working for you.

Next is one of the most important factors, but often it is the hardest to achieve. When people add some fun into the lives they naturally feel happier. Happiness goes a long way in personal and professional lives. But many people today are stressed due to long working hours and huge workloads. How do we make fun part of our lives? Research suggests that it needs to be present in both personal and professional environments. The easiest way is to be who you are. If you like to play the drums, build sculptures or write poetry then try and find a way to include these into your personal life. We all need fun in our life.  Also encourage yourself to attend celebrations or work outings and enjoy the fun side of your professional life.

 Be open to the idea of change.

A few tips for dealing with resistance

  1. Treat yourself  and others gently when struggling with change. Write concerns down because resistance may not always be without reason.
  2. Those who are actively resisting need to be acknowledged and allowed to participate in troubleshooting sessions. When emotions and personal resistance are present it is often followed by arguments.
  3. Learn to counteract arguments effectively. Use the knowledge you have on why change is necessary and use a logical and rational argument to convert the resistance.
  4. Resistance is best met with understanding especially if emotions are involved.
  5. Be as truthful as possible when you have identified fears to change. Remain positive and involve everyone in this optimistic behaviour.

Lastly, let’s take a look at assessing yourself. Self-assessment exercises are another type of tool that can help with your ability to manage change. Questions can vary from asking if you like to be different and seek new ways to improve things or do you listen to and include everyone in your plans for change.

If you’d like to try a motivation self-assessment exercise you can here.

 Here’s a link to some self-change exercises.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Jimmy Dean.

“I can’t change the directions of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” ~ Jimmy Dean

 Until next time, be brave and bold in your chosen field of creativity. And never be afraid to explore new techniques.

 

 

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