Help for Single Moms – Develop Single Mom Success With A Change Management Process
Change is inevitable, right? Even though change is a constant, in many areas of our lives, it doesn’t get any easier to embrace. Whether it is losing a loved one or losing a job, the abruptness of it all when we are unprepared means difficult times ahead. As much as we hate to admit it, we humans tend to be more reactive than proactive. Even when we know we have a big presentation first thing Monday morning, we still allow that Saints’ victory dance to turn into an all-nighter. We wait until the first named storm of the season to start scurrying for flood insurance. We wait until the absolute last minute to pull out of the parking lot just missing that oncoming car.
Why is it that we don’t give ourselves more leeway for error in life? Cutting it close time and time again simply creates more unnecessary stress. These elevated stress levels not only jeopardize our jobs, physical safety and mental health, but it often does great harm to the relationships that mean the most to us. Stress affects others’ perceptions of our competence levels on the job and can mean the difference between landing that promotion or a boot on our way to the employment line.
If we know that change is inevitable, why are we not more prepared when it happens? Especially in those cases where the same change cycles happen over and over again? Is it that we are truly clueless? Or are we simply ignoring the distant sounds of any oncoming train? Whatever the case may be, we all probably need to do a better job at anticipating change. Easier said than done, right? Well, not so fast. Let’s really think about one reason that we don’t make change management a higher priority.
One big factor is that single parent benefits are just not easy to come by. Also, finding easy to understand and simple to implement change management help can be like finding a needle in a haystack. One of the issues that many, single mothers in particular, run into is that there is little to no time to devote to self growth in this area. The lack of time doesn’t necessarily have to limit your potential when it comes to change management or developing your own change management process.Just taking a few minutes a week to learn and implement a new change method will make a huge difference in the long run. Let’s do that now and look briefly at some common situations where you can take simple, easy actions for dealing with change.
Technology is Your Friend. OMG, LOL, TTYL… yeah some of these expressions are annoying but these are indicators of the changing times that we are all living in. If you’re still trying to keep up with your Motorola pager or your Apple IIE, then it might be helpful to get with the program. Move with the cheese! Numerous setbacks can result from complacency in the face a change. Technology has afforded us information and applications to better manage our lives, often from the palm of our hands. From simply scheduling in time to meditate before a big meeting, to searching for a car on E-bay while waiting for Auto club, to pulling up menus on the way to Apple bee’s, the advantages that we have been afforded are virtually limitless. Re-channeling our efforts from Words with Friends to monitoring our 401K progress toward retirement could help divert a serious disaster down the road. In short, use these tools to prioritize and manage our important responsibilities.
Learn From History. Enron. Bernie Madoff. Need I say more about the importance of having a plan B? Each of these historical events indicates that a change management course and plan is not as far-fetched as you might think. Just a little effort to prepare for change can head off a major upset.
Initiate Change. The best way to deal with change is to initiate it yourself. This way you have more control over when and where it comes and the direction in which it goes. A good change management course will emphasize this. By being preemptive, for instance, in soliciting performance feedback from your supervisor before evaluation time shows your interest in performing well and gives you a heads up on his or her perception of your work ethic. This is, of course, assuming that you work in a “fair and balanced” environment. Even if you don’t consider yourself the leader of the pack, you can still minimize any negative fallout from change by adapting quickly. By staying on your toes, you can be head and shoulders above the competition. Forget the tortoise and the hare analogy. When it comes to dealing with change, the race does not go to the one who slowly plugs along. It goes to he who adapts most readily to change. When the going gets tough the tough get going.
Ask a Girl Scout. Sometimes, you just can’t predict when and where changes will strike. There were more than a few people caught off guard with Steve Job’s sudden resignation from Apple. Many times, being prepared when changes strike out of the blue can yield extraordinary opportunities for growth. Just ask Tim Cook who slid into home base as Jobs’ new replacement as CEO! The most we can hope for is time enough to adapt accordingly. When we aren’t so fortunate, we have to stay constantly prepared to deal with the unknown. When it comes to our career, is it really so difficult to keep our resume updated and close at hand? Once you realize you are about to take the security-escorted walk of shame, it’s probably not the best time to request letters of recommendation or copy important files. It might be a lot more responsible to review your 401K contributions before you hit year 29 at the J.O.B. It also wouldn’t hurt to start that college fund before the kids hit junior year. In other words, Be Prepared!
While I say much of this in jest, the reality of the matter is we could all lead more streamlined lives by countering complacency with a little preparation and diligence. Remember that change is usually a good thing and a little assertiveness toward your own personal goals will certainly not hurt! If you have aspirations of working you way up to CEO, working from home or just being a better parent, take the initiative to help your family along. By teaching them the skills to better adapt to change with a good change management course, you and your family can become stronger collectively and more confident individually. This comes only to those who actively seek to improve their levels of skill and state of being.
As we at Single Mom Weekly embark on a new horizon of providing a resource for single parent benefits, we hope to be able to provide you with the tools and techniques to help you to create a more fulfilling lifestyle as a single mom. Our partnership with each of you is very important to us and we will rely on you to give us feedback on what we are doing right. We also want to hear about what we can do to improve our contribution to the single parent community for a more relevant experience for you.
Remember that change is usually a good thing and a little assertiveness toward your own personal goals will certainly not hurt! If you have aspirations of working you way up to CEO, working from home or just being a better parent, take the initiative to help your family along. By learning yourself and teaching them the skills to better adapt to change with a good change management course, you and your family can become stronger collectively and more confident individually. This comes only to those who actively seek to improve their levels of skill and state of being. Join us and get our complimentary report single mom http://singlemomweekly.com/home-biz-get-report
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