So I’m a bit addicted to technology.
How about you?
My guess is a relatively high number of you are too.
According to my Google Analytics, half of the people who read this blog read it on their phone. Another 20% read it on their tablet. So, like me, you like your tech. (By the way, if you don’t know those number for your church website and blog, you should…and you should design your content and layout accordingly.)
So when the iPhone 6 was announced, I was super excited. Faster, bigger, sleeker. Count me in. (Yes, I’m that superficial.)
I got up extra early the morning the phones were available for pre-order online and, after two hours of finding only crashed websites, finally got through and ordered mine.
I went for it, and ordered the massive 6 Plus.
I think I learned as much (or more) about change in the ensuring weeks than I did about phones.
5 Quick and Dirty Leadership Lessons About Change
I’m a student of change, and have even written a book on it. It amazes me how much the dynamics of change surface in every day life.
And if you become a student of those dynamics, you will learn how to lead change better when it counts.
So here’s what I’ve learned from my decision to get the biggest-yet iPhone 6 Plus.
1. Nobody is as excited about the change you want to make as you are.
I LOVE technology. I love new technology even more.
When I finally got the phone I was like a kid at Christmas.
I realize that other people were excited too. Apple sold 10 million 6 and 6 Pluses in the first 72 hours after they went on sale.
But, clearly, I was not personally surrounded by all 10 million people in my immediate circle.
Lots of people I know were not so excited.
Didn’t you just get one last year? (Yes I did. But I’m dumb enough to buy again.)
It’s really not that different than other phones. (Okay, but it’s bigger, right?)
It’s just a phone. (And you’re just a person.)
Principle: Whenever you introduce change, few people will be excited about it as you are.
That’s okay. Really.
If it’s a good change, it will catch on. Just keep going.
Just be prepared for indifference and ridicule.
Speaking of ridicule, on to point 2.
2. People Make Fun of Different
Android fans pointed out that my phone has the same features theirs did two years ago.
People who still send their mail with stamps asked me whether my phone bent yet.
Others who saw it asked how I liked my new iPad.
I mostly just smiled.
To those who persisted, I pointed out that Consumer’s Reports ran independent testing to show that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are no more bendable than most phones on the market. And that if mine did, I’m sure Apple would replace it.
Principle: Every change is met with resistance, even ridicule. Just get that.
As Arthur Schopenauer said:
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Almost everything new you try—if it pushes the envelope of what people are used to—will be met with opposition.
So, when it comes to critics, don’t play their game. Play yours.
3.If the change is truly different, you’ll think you made a mistake.
I got the case for my phone two weeks before my phone shipped.
It was…massive. I began to think I’d made a mistake.
Then the phone arrived. It was huge.
For the first day I thought “I can’t believe I spend all this money on something so big…should have gotten the 6 like everyone else I know.”
That line of thinking lasted about a day, as I’ll explain.
Just know if the change you’re embracing is radical, at some point even you’ll think you made a mistake.
4. Mastering new features makes the experience much better.
I always think the way you use a device within the first ten days of getting it will determine how you use it forever.
The human brain longs for the familiar and will try to get you onto a familiar course as soon as possible, often at the expense of exploring all the possibilities in front of you. I wrote about creating whole new patterns for your life based on this principle in this post.
So I try to learn all the new features and rethink how I use technology before I settle in to a new pattern.
I read tutorials, watch videos and try to master new ways of using the product.
For you iPhone 6 Plus users, the key for me was to shift the centre of gravity from the base of my palm (where I usually rested older phones) to the centre of my hand. Once I did that, I could access any part of the screen with my thumb. Voila.
5. If it’s a good change, it doesn’t take long to not want to go back.
After my one day of “why did I order such a big phone?”, I quickly became a fan of it.
I do have relatively big hands and fat thumbs. Love the keyboard! It’s big.
Probably the best thing is that the screen is big enough that I can easily read iBooks and Kindle on my phone, not just my iPad. I always found my old phones frustrating because you could only get a couple of paragraphs of text on a screen at once.
Now, because my phone is always with me and really is my go-to device, I think that’s going to mean more quality books read and less time wasted meaninglessly meandering through apps.
Just a week into it, I don’t want to go back. In fact, when I hold a smaller phone, it now seems strange to me.
The point: spend enough time adapting to change and you will find a new and better normal.
I think you can see the parallels between something as trivial as a phone and some of the big changes you want to bring about.
And if you want to read more about mastering the dynamics of change when people oppose it, check out my book on that subject here.
What are you learning about change these days?
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