Changing Direction is Not Lack of Direction | #leadership #career
by Kate Nasser |
Changing Direction: Be Open to It! It’s Not Lack of Direction.
Changing Direction: Don’t Mistake It as Lack of Direction!
As I read change blogger Alli Polin’s post 30 Life Lessons Learned, lesson 19 stopped me in my tracks: Goals change as you change.
I immediately reflected on how often changing direction is mistakenly seen as indecisive or retreating from a challenge. This mistaken belief is risky. Success requires agility and changing direction is essential.
How and why did this mistaken belief get started?
- High need for control and for decisiveness drives some people to label changing direction as bad.
- People’s frustration of dealing with sudden changes of direction brings them to rationalize change as bad.
- Traditional social values about “settling down into a job/career” linger even as career progression practices change.
Where does this mistaken belief show up?
- In teams with highly decisive leaders who crave control
- In coaching with coaches who drive instead of coach
- In young entrepreneurs in start up mode
- In your own mind during short moments of uncertainty
- In the hindsight of mentors who forget the experimenting they did
- In some families with parents whose teenagers/young adult children want to explore very different lives/careers
Exercise: Make notes for one day of all the times you see changing direction as weak, indecisive, or lacking direction. How did this view affect you or others around you? What could happen if you saw changing direction more positively? You may be surprised at the results!
For success, see changing direction as:
- Keen vision of emerging information
- Openness to business and market changes
- The exceptional ability to move without losing momentum
- The sun rising or light bulbs coming on during effective coaching
- A chance to inspire courage and growth in those you mentor
- Your great parenting coming to life uniquely in each child
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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