The Importance of Becoming Good at Change

Uncertain Times Require Flexibility, Optimism

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Ariane de Bonvoisin
Ariane de Bonvoisin

Getting good at change is becoming one of the most important competitive advantages for a company. What you need to understand is that companies don't change -- people change.

That said, if you can learn how to get good at change, you will be indispensable to your company. Employers need to find people who can navigate changes, acquisitions, new bosses and layoffs within their teams. Are there ways to get better at change? Absolutely.

My book, "The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making any Change Easier," highlights nine principles that make someone good at change. The first principle is the importance of being optimistic. Optimists always handle change better. They look for what's good about the current change.

Another principle is the importance of strengthening your change muscle, that part of you that is really good at making adjustments and can handle anything. And what about all those emotions that show up during change: fear, impatience, blame, doubt? I present antidotes to these -- for example, how to replace impatience with endurance.

Ariane de Bonvoisin is CEO-founder of First30Days, a New York media company focused on guiding people through all types of changes, whether they are personal and professional, social or global. The company's website,, currently features 60 life-change subjects, many of which are relevant to our current challenging times.

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While writing my book, I interviewed thousands of people going through times of change, and as a result gathered key insights such as how to take action, what kind of action to take and when, how to make peace with change and accept what has happened, how to not go through change alone, and how to build the right support system around you.

Make a commitment to learn this skill. You will find it invaluable not only in your professional life but also in dealings with your health, family, relationships and even the financial aspects of your life.

In the weeks ahead, I will go through each of the nine principles of change and will share some advice on navigating some of the harder changes many of us are facing today, whether it is job loss, divorce or a health diagnosis. At the same time, I will also provide steps to take to achieve some of those changes we've always dreamed of, such as pursuing a dream, starting a business or securing financial peace of mind.

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