Story Friday – The Old Way Works Fine
THE OLD WAY WORKS FINE
By Sandy Abell
While visiting my grandchildren last week we played a game where we looked at all the things that have changed since I was a child. We talked about all the conveniences and technology they have now, that didn’t exist when I was young.
It was a fun and educational exercise for them, and a new awareness for me. I was astonished to realize how much change had changed, and how much change we all have to adapt to, every day! So, now I’m reflecting on the importance of being flexible and adaptable in all areas of my life.
When a new idea or technology comes along, my first inclination is to say, “No thanks, I don’t need that. The old way works fine.” However, that may not be completely true. The old way may have worked fine in the past, but does it still, and will it in another year or two? Will clinging to the old way make my life easier, or put me at a disadvantage in business?
My competitors will probably be using the new methods, which will help them serve their clients faster and more conveniently. What will happen to me if I don’t keep up and can’t provide better service too?
In my personal life, doing things the way I have always done them might interfere with my enjoyment or interaction with my family and friends. For example, if I stop learning how to operate my digital video camera (which I am sorely tempted to do because I HATE IT when an inanimate object gets the best of me!) I will lose the incredible joy I get from preserving special moments in the lives of my children and grandchildren.
Do I really want to do that, just because it’s a challenge to learn the new way? Probably not. So I now adopt a positive attitude, believe I can do it, and continue to be open to the up-to-date ways of doing all kinds of things. I will be flexible and adaptable, and then congratulate myself for being up to the challenge of mastering something new.
How about you?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sandy is a business and life coach, and owner of Inside Jobs Coaching Company. She specializes in working with executives, business owners, professionals, entrepreneurs and people in transition. Sandy publishes a free monthly newsletter entitled Focusing On Your Success, a free daily coaching question and quote called Inside Insights and has written several books, including Leadership and Management Skills for New Supervisors, and Self-Esteem, An Inside Job. She concentrates on helping people improve their business and/or personal life, accomplish goals and maximize potential in every area. Please visit Sandy on her website at www.insidejobscoach.com .