Disruptive change is a sudden shift in business models that changes your work and your company at a fundamental level. These types of changes often feel as though they come out of nowhere (though they rarely do). Almost everyone has a tough time dealing with disruptive change. However, it can be even more difficult for someone with borderline personality disorder. Learn some of the ways that you can go about managing disruptive change at work when you have borderline personality disorder. Then, you can start implementing these strategies as soon as possible.
Remind Yourself That Change Is Inevitable
One of the ways that you can begin to deal with disruptive change at work is to remind yourself over and over that change is inevitable. Heraclitus of Ephesus stated, "The only constant is change." This means that in this world, everything is constantly changing. Normally, these changes are virtually imperceptible, but others like with disruptive change at work, they are major and very noticeable.
If you repeat the mantra or the idea that change is constant and inevitable, you will be better able to accept these new changes and adapt to them. This will feel like a mental battle at first, but will eventually get easier and feel more natural to you.
Mindfulness is a great way to help regulate your emotions about the changes occurring at work. You may feel sad, angry, worried, anxious, or a variety of other emotions. While your emotions and feelings are valid, you do not want them to completely take over your life and make it impossible to deal with these changes.
When you practice mindfulness, you are focused on being present in the current moment. You acknowledge your emotions but you do not let them overwhelm you. This may involve some meditation, deep breathing exercises, and the like. If you are able to stay present in the current moment, your fears and worries about the future with these work changes will not affect you as much.
Challenge Your Negative Thoughts and Assumptions
In addition to having strong emotions about the disruptive changes in your company, you may also start to have negative thoughts about it. You may start thinking that your company is going to fail or that the changes were specifically designed to hurt you. Whatever the negative thoughts are that you experience, you will need to put in the time or effort to challenging them.
Assuming your business will fail because of all the changes is a form of thought distortion known as "fortune-telling" or trying to tell the future. You need to challenge these thoughts. Tell yourself that you cannot read the future or that you cannot predict what will happen. Tell yourself that things could work out well.
Any negative thoughts you have about the disruptive change need to be challenged if you want to control your emotions and therefore, your reactions to the changes in your company.
Now that you know some of the ways to manage disruptive change at work when you have borderline personality disorder, you can start using these strategies as soon as possible.