How to Successfully Navigate Change

November 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM 6 comments

Ever had things not go your way? I think it’s safe to say that today a large number of people would nod their heads and say, “Heck yeah!”

Well, as much as politics is on everyone’s mind, I’m really not speaking of politics. I’m simply speaking of this thing called life – where fortunes can be made and lost overnight, love can wax and wane, and a person can be here today and gone tomorrow.

Life – and time – brings about changes, and depending on the hand we are dealt in any given situation, we will view these changes as positive or negative. Lord knows I’ve experienced some exhilarating highs and crushing lows in my life. Despite the lows, I’m a firm believer in the importance of maintaining a positive outlook.

Wanna navigate change positively and effectively? Take note of what you’re building.


Join in the Fray: How do you respond when change hits your life?

Copyright © 2012 Michelle Matthews Calloway, ASwirlGirl™, All rights reserved.

I’m blogging every day in the month of November as a participant in NaBloPoMo. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment!


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  • 1. April  |  November 8, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Usually, I would make adjustments to fit the change if it’s my power.

    • 2. A Swirl Girl  |  November 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      Hi April! Thanks for responding. When you say, “make adjustments to fit the change,” do you mean make changes in yourself?

      • 3. April  |  November 8, 2012 at 11:08 AM

        Yes, what I learned from Bible Study on last night if it’s internal, it’s entirely up to me to make the change or adjustment. I can say I want to make adjystments, but if I don’t put forth some actions I’ll continue to have the same old results. While on the other hand if it’s external I have to pray and find the root cause to change.

        • 4. A Swirl Girl  |  November 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

          Ok; gotcha. In either instance, we need to take action. I also believe the attitude we take regarding the change is of great importance. Enjoyed your comment!

  • 5. EarthJeff  |  November 10, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    I love the Chinese proverb. Enough that I am going to make a small poster out of it and hang it in my classroom. I think success at navigating change starts with attitude. You have to be willing to go with the flow. If you resist change – as we all tend to do at some level – you just add stress.

    • 6. A Swirl Girl  |  November 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Awesome sauce! Instead of resisting what I perceive as negative change, what I TRY to do is see how I can leverage it into something positive. It helps to be flexible – or to “go with the flow.” I think we get into trouble when we try to control our circumstances instead of learning to use them as launching pads or stepping stones. *Hmmm . . . there’s a blog post in that . . . .*


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