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The smart way to manage change when you’re facing the unknown

What an eventful few months we’ve had. You just have to think of Brexit and the political fallout that followed.

I started to feel a bit under the weather around that time and thought it would be a good idea to stand back from my business for a little while.

Whilst I continued to work with my present clients, I stopped spending long hours at my PC. I kept all my blogging, admin, email, planning and business building tasks to the bare minimum.

Before long I realised that feeling under the weather didn’t bring on this change. It was a ‘ripple effect’ caused by Brexit that made me feel a little unsure.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not afraid of change and potentially challenging times. I can keep an open mind – after all I successfully survived two recessions and the dot.com crash! But do I really want to do it all again?

I’d only felt like this once 15 years ago, around the time of the dot.com crash. Back then I overcame any feelings of uncertainty by training as a coach and starting a second business…. and I never looked back.

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This time, taking a step back has had a wonderful upside – having time to just ‘be’ which is important to me. As is being able to focus on family, especially as one family member has been in and out of hospital recently.

How taking a step back helps you to manage change

Change can be a little scary for business owners, as it usually means you’re being pushed out of your comfort zone. It can happen, for example, when there are changes in your industry (or the economy) causing you to lose customers and money.

Whatever the change, taking a step back early on can really help a business owner to gain more clarity about the problem and any potential solutions.

If you stay too close to the problem the stress you feel may prevent you from seeing the wood for the trees! And when we don’t have clarity we may not be able to take the right actions.

Stepping back also makes it easier to listen to your feelings. What really panics you when under stress, may not seem anywhere near as scary once you allow yourself some time to breathe.

Taking a step back doesn’t always lead to clear-cut answers or a fully mapped out plan but it can make you more resilient and open to change.

And it doesn’t always need to be for long either. Depending on the nature of your change, a couple of days or a week can often work wonders!

What else could help you manage change?

If you are still at a loss with what to do next, have a chat with someone you trust. Perhaps they can help you work out what you want to focus on first. Even the smallest action at this stage can have a positive and lasting impact. Isn’t there a saying that goes something like….’where the energy goes, the energy flows’?

Once you’ve decided what to do first, put one foot in front of the other to keep going. It can take a bit of courage at first but it’s a great way to lead to other actions once things become a little clearer.

And please don’t forget to do whatever it is that you do best. It will certainly help you to keep your spirits up!

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Oh and incidentally, I haven’t got everything mapped out either yet, and that feels OK! I have however decided to bring a book idea to fruition that I’ve had for a while. And to get the ball rolling I’ve just booked myself on an interesting training event about how to write a bestseller! 

Are you and your business affected by change? Or have experienced it in the past? What works well for you when you’re facing the unknown?

About the author: Hi, my name is Ute Wieczorek-King and I’m an experienced business start-up/ growth mentor, trainer and blogger. I specialise in helping passionate midlife women to be visible online and offline, to simplify and stay focused on what matters most.

Want to take your small venture from good to great? Download my free “Passion to Profit” ebook here

Ute

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