Posted by: Eric Wichhart | March 21, 2011

Staring Down The Path Of Desire

One day we wake up and suddenly we have this burning desire for change. We look in the mirror and say to ourselves “Something has to change.” But what has change? What is the pain in our life that is causing this desire for change? A drug attic may wake up one morning in the gutter of some back alley street and realize that if they do not change right now they may be dead in a month. I hope the change we are talking about in your life is not that dramatic, for no matter what size of change is to come in your life, change for some is scary.

Some may think I am crazy and others embrace my thoughts, but I love change! Change makes a person stronger, more flexible, better able to adapt, thus giving that person the edge on the competition. The desire for change can be a huge motivating factor in your life or a crutch. The desire for too much change can cause a person to venture in too many directions and spend their life wandering in the desert. So change must be managed.

Managing change is often a difficult task. The toughest question when managing change is deciding when to change. To determine when you change, you can ask yourself two questions: 1) Are we changing for change sake or is there a reason for this change? 2) Will this change take us further down the path of our desire to reach a particular goal or led to our destruction? If you can respond positivity to both of these questions then you are one the correct road to change.

Once you have determined that you are ready to change, the next key step is to develop a plan. This plan will be the key to implementing successful change. Two key elements for making a plan are:

1) Remember “Change is scary for some” so we must measure the ability for the individuals who are being affected by the change to take on change and plan accordingly. The more scared people are of change, the smaller the steps must be in the plan.  One good note though is the once you start the change process, people’s acceptance of change will accelerate the process, but remember keep the first steps small.

2) Managing change can be difficult, so having a precise plan with obtainable goals, and measureable results will help keep the process moving.

I started running a couple months ago. My first major goal was to run a 5k in 6 weeks. I went online and found a training plan and stuck with the schedule for the first few weeks. I ended up running the 5k (made my goal) and now have set a new goal of running a 1/2 marathon later this year. Wait! You didn’t stick to the plan! I would answer “you are correct.” The reason I did not stick to the plan is that after week 4, even though my body fought the first 4 weeks of running, is something clicked at week 4 and all of a sudden I was able to run the whole 5k.

The plan, combined with management of the plan led to my successful achievement of my goal of running a 5k. The steps in the beginning were small and easily accomplished, the plan had goals along the way, and it had a goal at the end. It was manageable because it gave you a schedule to follow and the time commitments were not more than 35 minutes a day.

What change are you going to make today? Is the today the day you plan to work yourself out of doing tech work? Or is today the day you put your company on the road to being a successful MSP? Whatever the change you are about to make, remember to make a plan, make small steps in the beginning and change is a positive fashion.

Eric Wichhart, MBA
CEO, ConnectU
We ConnectU with ConnectWise

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