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Change is inevitable, we can’t stop it. I’m sure we can all agree that the rate of change has been increasing over recent history, particularly technological change. The past century, the twentieth century, saw probably more change that impacted our culture and humanity than any other century. One might argue that it began picking up steam in the middle of the previous century. During other periods of history, there were certainly some major changes, however, the speed of travel and communications brought the changes to more people faster than ever before during the twentieth century.
With some change, we have more options than with other sorts. Perhaps, that is not exactly accurate. Suppose you experience a flood. You could see it as the end of everything, or you could see it as opportunity to help other people. What about something like E-mail? Some of the newer technologies start out and seem to be optional, but as they become ubiquitous, it is expected from other people that you are reachable by E-mail. The cell phone is one change that has taken the world by storm. Small business owners will tell you that customers expect to be able to reach you anytime and that it often seems like an invasion into their life.
I would like to suggest three options you have when faced with and in dealing with change. They are pretty simple and you should be able to remember them so you can shape your decisions and actions. Let’s use the example of the daily news. You might be accustomed to getting your news from a combination of newspaper, television and radio. All of a sudden you can get all your news, anytime and immediately from the Internet. What do you do?
First, you may choose to adopt to the change. That means, however the change is attempting to influence your life, you accept it and make the changes to your life accordingly. In our case of the news, you think, you might as well give up on the other sources and get all your news through the Internet. In other words you adopt it completely.
Second, you may find it better to adapt to the change. This might mean that you change what you do somewhat in order to utilize the change. Back to the news, you decide that you will continue with your current sources, but add the Internet services as you have time. You have then chosen to adapt the change into your lifestyle.
Third, you make some critical decisions as to what your actions will be with the goal to appropriate the change into your lifestyle. This takes more time and thought, but can pay off with you being more satisfied. It takes research and testing to critique the change you are considering as to how it might be best suited to you. You want to make an informed decision. You want to ask how your options will impact your life and whether it makes you more or less human. Then you determine how you could best appropriate the change. In a way it is turning the other options from above around. You are not adapting to it, you are adapting it to you. In some way, you might be able to have it adopt your lifestyle. Either way, you are in control and the power remains with you.
It is about learning how your life can be changed and taking charge of what you do. You don’t want other people telling you that you need to do your banking online because that is the way things are going. You want to make your own decision after careful consideration. I have heard people say to someone that they need to be on Facebook. The truth is, no they don’t. You don’t have to do your banking online if you don’t want to. Look at the pros and cons of the possible choices. If you begin to communicate using Facebook, you may decrease the amount of time you spend face-to-face with people.
I will add that time seems to have a way of convincing us that we need the convenience of what the change is offering. You may not have time to catch the news when it is available on a broadcast and you may have an aversion to the recycling a newspaper requires. If you are on the go, as most of us are nowadays, a tablet might seem like a great option. But remember, sitting in a comfortable chair with a cup of tea or coffee is a relaxing time you might be losing. The choice is yours and you should be the one that make a difference in your life.