Change expert Tanya Bibby, PhD, states that managing change is about paying attention – to yourself, to others, to your environment and the context behind the change. She also shares that, just like grief has five stages, the change process has five stages – denial, resistance, understanding, exploration, adoption. And similar to grief, all the stages need to happen.The good news – through the action steps – Preparing, Accepting, Committing, we can reframe change from “happening to me” to “happening through me.”
In reality, I get to manage the change to my plans for my room. I can pick and choose the recommendations to implement – including just how much of the dreaded purple I will allow in my room, and just how much red I plan to sneak into the room.Even more change is on the horizon as the retirement date gets closer. I am paying attention. I plan to be in charge of the change that is coming to my life.