Change: Anticipate Drifting

Airplane Cockpit

As we wrap up our series on Successfully Enacting Change, today we tackle perhaps the biggest obstacle of them all: drifting. By drifting, I’m talking about slowly, slightly getting off course from your goal. Sometimes in such a manner it’s not even noticed—by you or those around you.

If you’re just jumping into this series, let me suggest you go back and read Define Your Goal, Determine Your Starting Point, Develop A Plan and Decide To Succeed before continuing with today’s Anticipate Drifting.

Now that you’re caught up I’ll let you in on a secret: you’re going to drift. Heck, you may even make a U-turn. It’s going to happen. That’s why this is entitled Anticipate Drifting because get ready for it—it’s coming.

As you put your plan in place and begin your journey there’s this thing called “life” that happens around us every day. If the change you seek is losing weight, someone is going to invite you to lunch and take you somewhere it’s almost impossible to eat healthy.  If you are looking to improve your relationship, you or your mate will do something that is going to send the other’s blood pressure through the roof just about the time you think things are all rainbows and unicorns.

It happens. Be ready. But, as we talked about in Don’t Let a Detour Be A Derail, even though you drift—never change the ultimate goal. Just like the GPS in your car sometimes has to recalculate, so do you. You’ve drifted slightly off course and that’s OK as long as you respond in a positive manner. Just because you have that meal that wasn’t on the diet, don’t throw in the towel and give up or just because you missed a sales target by 5% for the month, don’t quit for the year.

Did you know it is estimated commercial airplanes are off course more than 90% of the time they are in the air? Yes, it’s OK. You can read that again. They are constantly correcting their course, choosing a new path and getting their coordinates back in line. Small, slight changes nobody even sees or feels.

Life is like that. Be ready for it. Anticipate drifting.

But, correct in a positive manner; reaffirming the original decision to change. You can do this. Read and re-read this series and enjoy making changes in your life, your business, your health and your relationships.

Remember: change is good. Without it, you’d be reading this by candle light.