Change is so difficult for many entrepreneurs to deal with.
Especially with COVID-19, a lot of entrepreneurs have lost clients and money.

But then there are the ones that learn how to pivot and deal with change and make better use of the situation.

how to deal with change in your life and business

Use these tips to help you in dealing with change in your life or your business.

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Acceptance

This is probably the biggest step and the most necessary one.

Accept that life will always be changing.

It’s the one true thing you can depend on above all else.

When you and your friends were hanging out in high school, it all changed when you graduated.

There are and will be plenty more examples throughout your life. I’m sure you have a list of positive and negative changes that have occurred.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable

The most significant changes always seem to happen when we are content or comfortable.

While there may not be scientific evidence to back this up, you should always be ready for anything that comes your way.

When you are comfortable in your situation is when you let your guard down, which makes it more of a shock when something does change.

Plus, when you’re in your comfort zone, you don’t grow as a person.

It’s when you leave that comfort zone either by choice or not that you begin to grow.

Talk About Your Feelings Towards Change

People tend to let things build up inside. They don’t talk about their situations, or if they do, they don’t speak to the right people.

If the changes are in your business, consider talking to your coach or mentor about the impact of those changes.

If you don’t have a coach, it’s an excellent time to get one. Not only will you get the guidance, but they’ll help you navigate through the change your facing.

You can also find a group of like-minded souls who what to help and support you.

Talk to your spouse or partner and let them know how you’re feeling.

The key is to let those feelings and emotions out.

Bottling them in will cause more damage than you think.


Try to Turn the Change in Your Favor

The phrase “turn lemons into lemonade” has widely been overused.

Yet, it’s hard to deny the meaning of it and the impact of that meaning.

If you are dealing with change, in one form or another, see what angles you can use to make it work to your benefit.

Don’t look at the situation as an obstacle but rather an opportunity.


Keep Changes You Can Control to a Minimum

If you try to enact too many changes at once, it may overwhelm the people who are affected by them.

People need time to absorb those changes and incorporate them into their lives.

If you bombard them with a bunch of changes, they will likely rebel, and you will be left picking up the pieces.

Sometimes, the changes you put into place, can’t be helped.

But, if you do have control over them, try to introduce them slowly over time.

For example, if you’re having a complete business makeover with different marketing, new branding, new sales tactics, and so on, your team may feel overwhelmed by this sudden change.


Join Support Groups

Some changes will impact people where they need the support of others.

Seek out the help of others who are going through similar circumstances as you are.

There are tons of masterminds or group coaching available filled with people going through what you’re going through.

Look for them, and don’t be scared, thinking you’re the only one.

Because you’re not!

Whatever you’re going through, someone has already gone through it and overcame it.

So why not try and look for that person so you can get their guidance and advice.

Trust Your Instincts

People may be forced into situations or decisions that go against what they believe in.

If you find yourself in such a situation, it’s best to go with your gut or trust your instincts.

If the change doesn’t feel right and you have no power to counter it, try to remove yourself from the situation if you feel strongly about it.

Always go within to see where you feel aligned to what you should be doing.


Change Can Lead to Unforeseen Opportunities

This goes in line a bit with the lemonade from lemons. But when you start to focus on change being something good, opportunities will be more open to you.

They have a way of finding you. These opportunities may not have presented themselves had the changes not occurred.

Remember, don’t focus on the negative focus on the positive outcome. What you focus on grows, so put your attention on the result you want.

Here are 3 Action Steps to Take:

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1.) Forcibly make more changes in your life to get used to dealing with change. This could be something as simple as signing up for a gym membership and actually using it.

2.) Handle anything you are required to do because of changes that have taken place. As an example, if you have suddenly lost a few clients and your income drops, make sure you create a budget that can help you survive until you get more clients or another income stream.

3.) Think back to recent changes that you have had to deal with. List several items where you would have handled those situations differently than you did.

I hope these tips and action steps help.

If you want to learn more about how to deal with change, then read these five books:

Leading Change

The Heart of Change

The I Ching – The Way of Dealing with Changes

Coping with Change – Ecclesiastes

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