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Weathering the Storm

January 22, 2009

Yes, it's really happening: Now do something about it

It's been a long time coming, but change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

— Written and performed by Sam Cooke, 1963

Change is not "in the air." It has hit the ground running, or should I say running rampant.

Breaking news: Have you heard? The economy is down.

It hasn't been this way, this bad or this low for 50 years. Companies are crumbling, and rules are being abandoned. The government is in scramble mode as never before.

But that's them.

What about you and yours?

What's happening to you? A change in business volume? Difficult cash flow? Credit restrictions? Change in job status? Work environment? Work requirements? Customers hurting?

Yikes.

It's not "change" — it's "drastic change."

How are you reacting to the events? Most people are experiencing a combination of reluctance and resistance. A combination of scared and worried. You are not alone, but it doesn't mean you have to join the afflicted or the paralyzed.

Following is part of why you're having trouble adapting to changing economic climates, followed by what you can do about it.

REASONS YOU RESIST CHANGE

1. Your inability to face the reality that it's actually happening to you. The news is always about someone else's drama. That's why you watch it.

2. Your natural defensive posture. "It's not my fault! Someone else did it."

3. Your natural resistance to what's new. "It's always worked before, and I liked it that way."

4. Your procrastination and inability to face reality. "I see it coming, but it may just go away, I'll change later."

5. Your previous comfort and present comfort. "I have a lifestyle, and I don't want it interrupted!"

6. Your unwillingness to abide by the new rules and the new standards. Resistance to self-improvement. Resistance to be measured by results. Resistance to being measured against others. This is especially true if you're a longtime employee.

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