Are you anything like Macon Leary? If you’ve read Anne Tyler’s award-winning novel, The Accidental Tourist, you know Macon. He’s the travel writer who offers advice on how to visit exotic places without forgoing the familiar comforts of home. Business travelers, wondering if Mexico City has a Taco Bell, can consult Macon’s guide. His logo? A winged armchair.
No one likes to feel uncomfortable, and change – while necessary – almost always brings a degree of discomfort.
Sometimes change is forced, like an unexpected lay-off. Other times, it just hovers around us. Maybe you feel stuck in a dead-end job, and you’re just not sure how to get out. Whatever the case, consider changing how you look at change. Instead of trying to avoid it (like Macon), welcome the new opportunities it brings.
Three Ways to Embrace Change.
Polish your skills.
When was the last time you learned something new that made you a more valuable employee? Was it a new software application? Project management skills? Provost Consulting, Inc. offers one-on-one and small group training on topics ranging from teamwork to customer loyalty.
Join a network.
Build a strapping support network of personal and professional contacts to help sustain you through the toughest changes. Need some ideas about associations to contact? Contact me. I’d be happy to share my go-to list.
“Plan the work and work the plan” is my mantra. I have a huge white board in my office where I post my yearly goals. I see them every day! Not only that, but my children see them, which accords a whole new level of accountability. They comment on my progress and help me celebrate my successes.
Among the many things I hope to teach my kids is that, despite what any travel guide says, you don’t go places by accident. You set your course. You wear the wings. And you leave your armchair at home.
“There are very few necessities in this world
which do not come in travel-size packets.”
-Macon Leary, The Accidental Tourist
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