The beginning of a new calendar or fiscal year, usually prompts business owners (large, small and entrepreneurial) to think about changes. Whatever the reason, there comes a point at which a business owner should make changes to keep the business thriving and growing.
Let's face it. Change happens all the time. But, for many, change is very difficult to accept. AMSOIL has undergone many changes in recent years. I'd like to think that all of those changes were for the betterment of the company and the Dealer network even though some folks voiced their displeasure.
Since change is a natural part of life, expect to find things changing often, especially when you're in business. Teach yourself to be flexible and open. That way, when change arrives, you're prepared instead of being agitated and caught off-guard.
View change as a positive not a negative. When change is forced upon us, it takes time to accept it; and that won't happen overnight. Phychologists say people typically move through four phases before accepting change. First they deny it, then resist it. Next, they explore the possibilities of accepting it. And finally, they accept it and may even commit to it.
Be willing to make the best of changes you can do nothing about. Instead empower yourself by taking measures to control what you can. Don't waste valuable time and energy "fighting city hall". Take action which allows you to leverage the situation and you'll discover you have more control over the outcome.
Positively channeling and directing your energy allows you to encourage those who work for you to accept change. Since most people feel comfortable with familiar people, when changes develop suddenly things can seem unstable. Show people in your team that you've embraced change and they'll follow your lead. That makes it far easier for you and them to move forward.
And finally, consider change as another opportunity to grow your business and to grow personally. It's clear that growth cannot take place without making changes from time-to-time. So welcome changes as opportunities to gain strength, advance and regenerate. While change can be difficult, it should not be avoided.
Positively accept change and you'll likely emerge stronger and more confident, not to mention wiser and much more experienced.