I’ll admit it…I don’t do well with change. I am very structured and like a routine. It is often difficult for me to handle change, even when I know the new situation will actually be an improvement.
This is just something I have always struggled with and constantly have to work through. That fact was highlighted the other day by my cell phone.
This week Apple introduced its new operating system, iOS 7. It is the latest big thing from Apple and has been met with much anticipation.
Since I am not too techy I didn’t think much about it and wouldn’t normally worry to much about my iPhone. I was all set to update until I started to read about the new upgrade and changes.
From everything I found, the iOS 7 is a massive makeover to the design and features of the iPhone. Reading this made me nervous. I’ve had my iPhone for a couple of years now and have become very comfortable with the features, the settings and everything else that goes into it. It took awhile but I’ve grown to become attached to the phone.
And now Apple is changing everything on me?
As a self prescribed change-aphobe that is hard to deal with. What if I don’t like the new settings? What if I can’t find my favorite apps?
I know this sounds silly but those were real thoughts running through my head. I started to fear that the new operating system would be too difficult for me to handle.
But that is crazy. Why would Apple, one of the most successful companies in the world, make something new that people couldn’t handle? Why would they take a great product and turn it into something awful?
There have been mixed reviews on it so far, but I have to believe that the new system is a good change. Apple knows what it is doing and this new system has to be for the better.
But just the fact that it is different is hard for me. Change is hard.
So how do we deal with change. And more importantly, how do we convince ourselves that we can handle it and actually accept the change?
Those are tough questions to answer.
I decided to take this iPhone example and use it as a learning experience.
I thought about it and found that I need to do three things:
1) I have to focus on the good things.
2) I have to be open minded.
3) I have to accept that the change will take some adjusting but eventually I will be better off for it.
In the reviews that I read, there were many good things that people had to say about the new iOS 7. From the Control Center to iTunes Radio, the new features sound pretty cool. Instead of focusing on the negative, I need to spend more time thinking about these new, good things.
I already said I am not a techy guy. Knowing that, I should have no problem being open minded about new technology. After all, what do I know about cell phone operating systems? I have to have an open mind and realize that Apple knows what it is doing.
Finally, I have to accept that it will take time for me to adjust to the new phone system. Just like it took time to get used to the system when I first got an iPhone. But I adjusted just fine back then and can do the same again this time. Like I already said, Apple would not come out with a product that was too difficult for me to figure out and enjoy. They don’t make billions of dollars by making bad products.
So that is how I am convincing myself to update my iPhone. That being said, I did get some advice to wait a week to update so that Apple can work out all of the bugs first. But I am not using that as an excuse to avoid change. Rather, I have convinced myself that I can handle the change and am now excited to go through with it.
How do you guys deal with change? What did you think of my three steps and do you have anything to add to that? And if you have already updated your iPhone, what do you think of iOS 7? Let me know in the comments section below.