Que Sera, Sera

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Sticky Thinker No Comments

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It's strange the things that you do on holiday! At the end of 2013, I was in Vietnam, riding through the rice fields on a bicycle and singing “Que Sera Sera,” just like Doris Day! Don't ask me how, but between our international group of happy travellers we knew all of the words.

I certainly didn't foresee that I'd get back from holiday on the Sunday and end up in hospital on the Thursday. It was, to say the least, a little unexpected. But then why not expect the unexpected as the future is certainly not an exact science. However much planning that we do, how much we are really in control is a matter of opinion.  You can however, control much of the way that you think about what's happening and this will help you wrestle a healthy chunk of control back when things otherwise might seem all over the place.

It's the same at work. Things evolve and change at a rapid rate and the future that you were pretty certain about one day is remarkably different the next. Change is a topic that's always on the agenda and not likely to go away any time soon. Business evolution and the changes that come along with it are here to stay.  

When the future is based on shifting sands, these are a few of the things that I've kept in mind that have really helped me. What would happen if the people in your organisation experienced change this way?

  • Travel hopefully and with a healthy dose of optimism. You don't really ever know what the outcome will be, but expecting the best helps you to notice when good things happen.
  • Expect a positive outcome and remember that whatever happens, you can handle it!
  • Don't be a victim. Take control of the stuff you can do something about and do what you can to get the best result in the circumstances.
  • Let go of the stuff that you can't control as it will only stress you out and make you feel bad, and there’s a lot we can’t control.
  • Don't be passive. You can still make a difference, even if it's only a tiny one.
  • Look for the good in your situation. There’s always some that can be found if you look hard enough, and it’s not always what you might expect.
  • Enjoy the here and now. This moment really matters. This is the past that people in the future are longing to get back to!

 

A blogpost by Kate Hargreaves

 

 

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