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And the Beat Goes On…Dancing with Change

One, two.  One, two, three, four

Just like the rhythms of dancing are constantly grooving and flowing, you must embrace the changing beats of life.  Without change, organizations and people become complacent and do not grow.  They may survive but will struggle to thrive.  To be effective and fulfilled, you must seek out, initiate and manage the constant changes that stem from our doing-more-with-less work environments, societal pressures and life in general. You must step with each beat.

Think about this…Decisions based upon a Vision

What changes have you made in your organization, professional career and personal life over the past three to five years?  If you have not made any changes over the past few years, you are not reaching your optimal potential.  You are not growing. Would you like to dance?

The most effective way to drive change and growth is to implement a plan based upon a vision, values and strategies. These will guide your daily decisions, which will drive your behavior.  Decisions that are based upon a vision, values and strategies are more easily understood by everyone. When they are consistently demonstrated and send the same messages, they tend to be more long-term focused. This approach enhances both organizational and personal livelihoods.

What are your organizational, professional and personal visions, values and strategies?

Identifying, clarifying and committing to these critical success factors is particularly important in today’s environment of rapid change and instant communications.  Why?  Because you can’t control outside forces, you must get better at maximizing yourself and your internal forces. This means you will have to move out of your comfort zone and do some things differently.  It means you must improve your skills, behaviors and attitudes to develop new ones that are more likely to elicit the results you need and want.  Many of the old ways of doing things will not work in the future.

As a result of the changes and demands being experienced, the stress from tough times can take a toll on your body, mind and emotions, which ultimately affects your work and life performances.  How you respond to your circumstances determines how well you will bounce back to a better place.  You must become resilient.

Resilient People:

  1. Determine what situations are worth worrying about and which are not by differentiating between what is controllable and what is uncontrollable.
  2. Analyze situations to look for ways to solve problems.
  3. Create action plans, goals, seek help and delegate.
  4. Leave work problems at work and personal problems at home.
  5. Find a good listener to talk about what they are going through.
  6. Take breaks for fun and relaxation.
  7. Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.
  8. Laugh at themselves and find humor in tough circumstances.
  9. List the positive outcomes and lessons learned.
  10. Believe that this too shall pass: The beat goes on!

When you experience tough times, you can become more resilient, more empathic, stronger and eventually, happier. Staying worried, confused and afraid will leave you paralyzed, complacent, miserable and accepting of the status quo. Accepting the status quo gives people and organizations the opportunity to fall behind. You need to find the courage to face your fears, to move yourself forward and to feel your desire to grow.  With your determination and focus, as well as effort and time, your tough circumstances will get easier to manage.

You are the one and only person responsible for making yourself bounce back and get happy.

Nancy’s Grilled Beets Recipe…To keep you dancing to the BEETS!

Steps and Ingredients:

1. Wash and boil whole beets until tender.
2. Peel off skin and cut into slices.
3. Drizzle with olive oil.
4. Sprinkle chopped rosemary, sea salt and pepper on beets.
5. Grill until hot and desired char.
6. Enjoy this healthy, flavorful dish and get dancing!

Whether you need to make changes in your organization, professional career or personal life, you must realize that letting go of the past, makes room for a brighter future.  Just as you mastered your current ways of operating and being, you will master new ways that are even better in the long-term. Once you do, you will say to yourself, “I wish I did this a long time ago.” One, two.  One, two, three, four.


By Nancy Stampahar. Nancy Stampahar is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire.

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