I have talked a lot in this blog about resisting or accepting change, fast and slow change, abrupt or planned change, as factors contributing to how we react to it. But there hasn’t been much written about ways in which we can make our change fun. That is, until now.
If there is one thing I’ve learned in my many years studying and experiencing change, it’s that they way we think about it determines how successful it is.
It is so easy to get bogged down in the details and drama of change that we sometimes forget that it is possible also have fun with it. So let's change course and set out on a new adventure - making change fun!
Here are some tips for how to bring out the best in our change:
Become a dream weaver.
Where we might be busy planning and preparing for a change, we are also likely anticipating what it will be like.
Anticipation is a great place to begin enjoying our change, and by shifting our perspective into one of fun and enjoyment, we are more likely do dispel those sneaky little fears that try to bubble up and ruin our party.
Dream about your ideal outcome. Create a persona that represents who you are once your change is complete, and practice trying it on. Picture yourself in your new persona having fun with others, laughing, enjoying each other’s company.
Not only do these things help you to experience some feel-good emotions, they also help you to mentally shift your perspective to more closely align with your change.
To learn more about creating personas for change, check out this post.
Uncertainty is another common feature that can try even the most patient amongst us. Why not shift our perspectives from one of waiting, to one of playing? One way to do this is to turn the wait into a game.
Wondering when you’re going to receive a second interview for your dream job? Why not make a friendly wager with friends or family to guess the timing.
Even if you don’t win the jackpot, you’ll have a lot more fun enjoying the wait. Plus, what often transforms into a sense of urgency is quickly shifted into a sense of fun; a much better mindset to have when waiting for the unknown to transpire.
To many possible outcomes to see the future clearly? Make your own personal wheel of fortune and establish values (ice cream cone, a beer, a movie, etc) for the various outcomes. Turn it into a party! This way waiting can be the funnest, instead of the hardest part.
Find the humor.
When stress and high emotions pop in to say hello, put them in their place by finding the humor.
Just about anything can become funny given the right frame of mind. If a movie can be made around TPS reports, we, too, can turn the dull into drollery.
And if we’re looking for the absurdity of it all, we will also be establishing a mindset to be able to laugh at it. So stop complaining and start laughing!
One way to get into the humor mindset is to start collecting jokes, funny words of wisdom, humorous quotes and cartoons before the stressors arrive to the party. I find anything by Gary Larson often does the trick.
These are just a start to the many ways in which we can shift our mindset from one of anxiety or dread to excitement and laughter.
These ideas also help us to shift from obsessing about the outcome of our change to learning to enjoy the process.
So give them a try and please let me know how it works out for you!
Coming up next, Change - The Final Frontier?
About the Author
Megan Rounds, Ed.D. is owner and principle perculator of perculcha, llc.
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