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 and being adaptable don’t mean you are flighty and lack focus. Roads branch off into different paths and some of those paths reconnect. Along the way you develop versatility and agility. Both prepare you to handle what life and work throw at you.
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. It is risky to think this way. Success requires agility and changing direction is essential.
How and why did this mistaken belief get started?
- High need for control and decisiveness drives some people to label changing direction as bad.
- People’s frustration of dealing with sudden changes brings them to rationalize change as bad.
- Traditional values about “settling down into a job/career” linger even though it’s not bad to change paths.
This mistaken belief shows up in …
- Teams with highly decisive leaders who crave control
- Coaching with coaches who drive instead of coach
- Young entrepreneurs in start-up mode
- Your own mind during moments of uncertainty and insecurity
- Mentors who forget the experimenting they did
- Parents whose teenagers/young adult children want to explore very different lives/careers than they did
For real long-term success, it is better to see changing direction as:
- The exceptional ability to move without losing momentum
- Sharp vision of new information
- Openness to business and life changes
- The sun rising or light bulbs coming on
- A chance to show courage and grow
- Great leading, mentoring, coaching, or parenting
That leaves us then with one nagging question. How do we know when to persist on our current path and when to adapt and change?
Exercise: Make notes for one day of all the times you see changing direction as weak and indecisive. How did this affect you or others around you? Consider what could happen if you saw changing direction as positive? You may be surprised at the results!
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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