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How good is your change capacity?
Own the power to navigate objectives
Published Thursday, November 17, 2011 7:48 am
by Wesley Carter

Kevin is a professional, driven, efficient, change agent.  Kevin is intent on achieving his personal best in everything he does.

Yet, he continues to feel frustrated at the end of every day because he did not successfully complete all of the items on his ‘to do’ list. Perhaps Kevin is too ambitious. Or maybe he is too hard on himself. Kevin’s experience is not unique.
Wesley Carter

Most busy professionals are on a never-ending journey to improve personal efficiency in the hopes of carving out personal time or increasing productivity. Upon discovering new or more innovative strategies professionals must choose whether to change their current practices.  Without change, improvement cannot occur. And without improvement, professionals become stagnant and lose their competitive edge.

Before embarking on any change effort, it is important to evaluate your palate for change. Do you typically act on your intentions?  Are you able to observe others and imagine yourself performing similar activities? Do you initiate effort and maintain the level of commitment required to complete an action to your standards?  

High self-efficacy, your confidence in your capability to execute some action, is a key component of successful change. There are four components of self efficacy; intention, vicarious experience, volition, and faith. Intention is a strong indicator of whether an activity is acted upon. Vicarious experience refers to the capacity to identify and observe how others whether similar changes. This information serves to confirm or dispute the practicality of our intentions.

Volition refers to the power of will. In fact, when we will ourselves to execute some action, we are acting of our own volition. Volition is a combination of initiative, motivation, and commitment. Faith refers to our confidence in our ability to accomplish some objective. Without faith, our efforts will be halfhearted and unproductive. Faith gives us the strength to raise our emotional arousal to the level necessary to sustain our commitment.

While it is impossible to prepare for every change that we encounter, it is totally possible to control how we experience and respond to every change. To do so, we need to make a conscious decision to take 100 percent ownership of how we navigate change. By owning our power to navigate change we become emboldened to actually achieve our objectives.

High performing professionals never stop driving to self-actualize personally and professionally. Like Kevin, we should all hold ourselves accountable for achieving our personal best. Are you satisfied with your productivity? If not, change.

WESLEY CARTER authors a weekly business column in The Charlotte Post. Carter earned a doctor of management degree at the University of Phoenix, an MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University, and a bachelor’s in management from UNC Charlotte. If you have a question, email Carter at wacarter153@gmail.com or call (704) 992-1211.


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