Change means facing the unknown.
And while facing the unknown can often be daunting, finding new and lasting success requires you to change—for the better.
Just ask Dr. Roberta Bondar. As Canada’s first female astronaut, Dr. Bondar knows firsthand how embracing the unknown can catapult you to success.
In her Tedx Talk from 2011, she shared three simple steps everyone can follow to not only embrace but engage change, for success in business and in life.
Steps you can follow, regardless of your unique qualities, background or experience. No matter how you run your business, these steps will work for you.
So, abandon what you know, and let's head into the unfamiliar territory of change.
Choose Change to Explore Your Capabilities
It’s human nature to fear the uncertainty of the unknown.
But when you choose to face the unknown and embrace the change ahead, you find out who you really are.
The challenges of working through change help you see what you’re truly capable of doing, the strengths you possess and your capacity to adapt.
And you shouldn't stop challenging yourself, ever.
Dr. Bondar encourages you to continue to choose change throughout your life to learn and grow as a person.
Why You’re Constrained by What You Know
Your life is determined by what you know. You have certain skills, knowledge and understanding.
But Dr. Bondar says ‘the known is very constraining’.
In other words, you’re limited by what you know.
Even if you brainstorm with others, ask tough questions and think through all the known possibilities and problems, you can’t prepare for what you don’t know.
The challenge then, is to take the skills you have and move into the unknown.
So how do you ready yourself for change when you’re on an uncharted path?
How to Embrace and Engage Change
The key is to follow Dr. Bondar’s 3 simple steps and set yourself up to embrace and engage change:
1. You have to want to change.
Seems obvious right? But before you jump to the next statement, think about this…
Change takes energy. You need enormous activation energy to get started. And more to keep the momentum going.
Between your personal and business life, your days are crammed full. Where will you find this extra time and energy? What resources will you allot? What’s going to give?
Unless you truly want to change, you won’t find the energy needed to see it through.
2. Change has to be repeated.
Your brain has the capacity to change. But needs to get accustomed to these changes.
Brain cells are living tissue, not chips, wires and software. Build new connections by teaching your brain to look and do things in different ways.
And repetition helps fuse the existing connections with the new, creating stronger networks in the brain.
Now you have a foundation for lasting and successful change.
3. How do you want to use it?
As you embrace change, you’ll grow as a person by what you’ve seen, learned and experienced.
Engage this change by taking your newfound knowledge share what you know.
Strive to take what you’ve learned to help improve the lives of those around you.
This is the key to lasting success. Because when change is meaningful, it lasts.
Yes, You Can Change
Dr. Bondar says if you think you can’t change—you’re wrong. Your brain has a certain plasticity, which gives you the ability to change. But it takes more than thinking about it.
Follow her 3 simple steps and choose to embrace and engage the unknown. And create successful and long-lasting change for yourself and your business.
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