A few weeks ago, whilst preparing for my presentation to The Property Franchise Group conference, I came across these three quotes:
1. “Everything changes, nothing remains without change.”
2. “Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.”
3. “All things change, nothing is extinguished. There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.”
The first quote is attributed to Buddha (563BC – 483BC).
The second to Heraclitus (535BC – 475BC)
The third to Ovid (43BC – 43AD)
Change is one of three constants – why then do people act so surprised when it happens? Why is it feared by so many? What’s wrong with it?
Just imagine for a moment if nothing changed in your life other than just getting older. Living in the same home, doing the same job, always socialising with the same people, going on holiday to the same place. I suppose some people might like that idea – but I believe they’re in a minority. I’m convinced that at our core is a desire to improve and grow, to be the best that we can be, to have new and exciting experiences. If you, like me, have this appetite for improvement then I’ll share a lesson from one of our speakers, a former Royal Marine Colonel, on how to conquer the fear of change.
Our Mastermind Group learned several strategies employed in the Royal Marines and one particularly resonated with me. When creating a plan to change something don’t just have one option. After you’ve crafted your tactics, put the plan to one side and force yourself to create another, ideally three in total. Even if you revert to plan A you will almost always have something to improve it by making yourself consider other alternatives. What’s more, the exhaustive approach to changing something will also mitigate the fear of doing it: having weighed up all the options, three times in three different ways, you’re much more likely to embrace the opportunity than fear it.
Give it a go, what have you got to lose, or is this change in itself too scary?
(Each of our Groups will experience the workshop on how to run a business like the Royal Marines – if you’d like to come to a free trial meeting and find out why some of the best estate agents in the country have been Members for up to ten years, then do get in touch.)
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