Empowering steps to take control of the change happening to you

Riz Tabley
5 min readOct 30, 2023

Change is not easy and is disruptive. Take back control and peace of mind.

a signpost in the desert
Photo by Fabien Bazanegue on Unsplash

There is a lot of disruption and change happening in the world at the moment. The war in Ukraine, the price of oil and the cost of living skyrocketing, and heatwaves across the Northern Hemisphere causing devastating fires, just to name a few. Each one of us is dealing with change in our own circumstances.

For me, work has gone through a number of restructures and significant changes. It’s hard to see people around you losing their jobs. I felt survivor’s guilt, feeling anxious about my job and the future and sad that people I know and friends with are moving on.

Change is hard to implement and as project professionals our job is to implement change into the organization and it’s easy to lose perspective on the personal impact that the project can have on people. And as project professionals, we can also have change imposed on us.

Change is permanent

That is such common sense that it’s become cliche. But when change happens to us, we resist it, deny it or ignore it. All these things add to our negative emotions about the change. It feeds into our anxiety, sadness and anger.