After last year’s successful resolution of running a 5K event every month, I decided to up the ante and double the distance. It was my last-ditch effort to feel like a real runner. I signed up for a 10K the weekend before my 30th birthday and was determined to get my ass back in shape and get ‘er done. My last running event was December 21st and come January, I was determined to start training for my next event. And I did!
I’m not quite sure what it is about springtime. Between the subtle change in the Southern California “seasons” to the love-to-hate-it task of spring cleaning, everything feels new and different. The skies are bluer, there is the unmistakable fragrance of fresh blooms in the air, and everyone seems a little lighter. The weather gets warmer, the sun shines, and people are just generally happier. It’s like we’ve all awoken from a long winter’s slumber.
When we were young, particularly during those Terrible Twos, we learned to stand our ground and not yield to every request that came our way. We turned our noses at anything green on our plates. We ran the other way when it was bedtime, bath time, or homework time. We refused to make our bed and put our toys away.
We said no.
As we got older, something happened and we began to accept things that our toddler selves would never have tolerated. We tried new foods and learned that maybe we were wrong about what we originally rejected. We stuck to the daily routine of sleep, bathing, and work schedules, whether we liked them or not. We washed dishes, dusted furniture, and vacuumed, even if we hated every minute.
We stopped saying no.
When it comes to change, most people are reluctant. There is a certain fear associated with exchanging the known path for the unknown. Questions run through the mind: Where will it lead? What might happen if everything you know is suddenly thrown into a spiral where up is down and black is white?
Folks react differently to change. They get angry and sulk. Denial sets in. Some fall into a depression, sad that their known world is no longer known. Some jump for joy, thrilled that the monotony is over.
Business leaders see this all the time. They have to prepare their workforce to make sure any transition is seamless and understood by their employees. My organization is currently undergoing a consolidation with a sister organization. This week, we got our first look at our department’s new structure. Some people were upset, having to work for a new manager and in a new position. Very few were happy with the proposed change. Others, like me, focused on the fact that having a job in the new organization was more important than where that job fit within the new structure.
Maybe I’m callous when it comes to workplace change or maybe I’m more comfortable with the challenges of working with different people in a different environment. I am not as bothered as many of my co-workers are with this new stage in the organization’s life. But I get it. These people have been doing one job for decades and want to ride out their last few years before retirement with no pressure to perform any other tasks than the ones they can do with their eyes closed. There is a certain comfort in the stability of knowing what to expect in day-to-day life.
But some things are easy to change. Who hasn’t wanted to change their hairstyle, their outfit, or even their blog?
And that gets me to my big announcement. After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to make a few changes around here.