Keep Calm and Adapt to Change

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Change is inevitable. Sometimes it is for the better and other times it may not be. However, how you respond to change can have a big impact on your personal happiness and the happiness of those around you, including your family, friends, coworkers, and customers.

Read the information below to learn about how to adapt to change. Afterwards, try putting some of these suggestions into practice. 




Step back for a moment and consider how the new change could be good for you. For example, many drivers were resistant to electronic logging devices at first, but when they became more familiar with the software, they discovered it actually made their jobs easier. Change can be good thing, so try to remain optimistic.




Change is a part of life, so do not get too attached to the status quo. Seeing the positives and embracing the change can help you let go of any anxieties and stress and allow you to move forward. For example, you may be used to driving a specific route each day, but if your dispatcher asks you to take a one-time load that deviates from that route, be professional and polite about it.




When faced with change, try pivoting from your established routine and set new goals for yourself with set milestones. For example, suppose you are assigned a new tractor. Do not get upset about it. Instead, challenge yourself by setting a fuel-savings goal and see if you can achieve it. You may find this test rewarding, and it keeps your mind from dwelling on the past.




Not all change will be welcomed with open arms, and there may be good reason for your resistance. However, try communicating your concerns to management. Voicing your concerns may raise awareness of issues the company had not considered before. Better yet, they may be able to make corrections that make the change more tolerable for everyone before it is implemented.


Some changes are simply out of your control and you have no choice but to adapt. If this is the case, do not get worked up about what you cannot control. Try focusing on what is in your control and let go of the other stuff.

For example, arriving at the shipper’s facility and having to wait to be loaded may be out of your control. Instead of getting worked up about it, call your dispatcher and let them know the situation. They can call the receiver for you so you do not have to worry about it.




Mahatma Gandhi said, “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” When faced with change, even at its most intense moments, try to take a calming breath and relax. No problem is worth sacrificing your mental and physical health, so give yourself a break.


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