Without a doubt, we are facing a different reality than what we have had until now, and we will have to adapt to the changes that are going to happen as a result.
Have you thought about how you are going to adapt to this new reality in which we are entering?
Many things have already changed and many more will change, and inevitably the labor market and the economy will be affected.
And before this, we like it more or less, what remains for us is to accept the new situation in those terms that are outside our scope of action and focus on what we can do.
It is time to reinvent ourselves, to change our way of thinking and acting as we have been doing so far to adapt to this new reality.
We already learned from Darwin that it is not the strongest who survive, but the one who knows how to adapt best. And now, more than ever, we are going to have to adapt (or learn to do it).
And it’s not always easy. It is not strange to find ourselves faced with cases in which we feel profound dissatisfaction and want to get out of a certain situation, but still we do not move, we do not change anything, and we continue to act under the same paradigm, in the same way. Why do we have this resistance to change?
The formula for change
In the 1960s David Gleicher proposed a formula that included the elements that intervene when making a change (being applicable both at a personal and business level).
The formula is as follows:
C = I x V x P> R
Where the I means Dissatisfaction with the current situation, the degree of discomfort that at a certain point, manages to generate enough energy to drive us to change it.
The V is the Vision, know what we want to achieve and for what, clearly defined.
The P refers to the First Steps, that is, to know what we have to do first, how to start that path of change towards the vision that we have defined.
And finally the R, referring to the Resistance to change.
The change (C) will be possible if the product of the first 3 factors (Dissatisfaction, Vision, First Steps) is greater than the Resistance (R).
It is important to note that these elements (I, V, P) are not added, but rather they multiply, which means that if any of the values is 0, all the result of the multiplication will be 0, and therefore there will be no possible change, since the Resistance will always be higher.
Therefore, it will not matter if you are very uncomfortable or dissatisfied in your current situation, if you do not know exactly where you want to go (that is, if you have a clear and defined vision) or how to do it (if you know the steps you have to take), you won’t have the momentum to make the change you need.
In the same way, perhaps you are clear about where you would like to go and what you would have to do to achieve it, but your current situation does not produce enough dissatisfaction to want to make any changes.
The greater the result of multiplying these factors, the greater weight it will have against resistance to change, and therefore it can be produced in an easier way.
These weeks dissatisfaction in many cases has skyrocketed, having come hastily in the form of ERTE or dismissal, for example.
That increase in Dissatisfaction (I) has increased in turn, that driving energy for change, but without a defined vision (V) and a strategy that guides the steps to be taken (P), it will be inefficient and surely it will become a harder and more exhausting process than it would already be on its own.
So, if you want to get an idea of how easy or difficult it is going to be for you to achieve that change, or adapt to it, take a look at how defined you have your Vision (V) and the Strategy to follow (P).
There are many ways to approach situations, and in delicate moments like the ones we are in, I do not consider that there is a universal way that serves everyone since each of us manages things in different ways.
It’s your turn.
But what I do bet is to find the way that is most useful to you. This can be a time to regain control of your career, redefine yourself as a professional, or reinvent yourself.
Because despite the circumstances that have befallen us, the result of staying stuck in complaint, passivity or continuing to do things as usual, will not help you to adapt to the new times we are living in.
It is a good time to become aware of where you are, what you want to achieve, and draw up your plan.