Remember my blog post, 6 Ways to Influence Change When you're not The "HPIC"? Well, now you’ve gotten the head person in charge to listen to your ideas and thoughts. Even better, they seem interested and assure you that changes are on the way, but the changes are not coming as quickly as you would like. Now what?
Change doesn’t come over night, it takes time. At the same time, nobody likes waiting, but waiting is one of those spiritual principles we find throughout the bible.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Here’s what to do when you’re waiting on the HPIC to make changes, make a decision or answer your requests.
- Accept it. That’s right, accept the fact that you will just have to be patient and wait.For many, change is not easy, and when they decide to change, it won’t, and shouldn’t come all at once. Some things take time and some things take more time.
- Prepare yourself for the change. Sometimes, Jesus provides a waiting period, so that we can prepare ourselves for what's coming.
Trust me, change may look good on paper, but are you really prepared for what's coming? Have you learned everything you can to ensure this change is a success...for the most part?
- Ask questions. While you’re waiting, talk with others who have made similar changes to see how it worked out for them. Find out what obstacles they encountered, so that you can avoid them.
The more questions you ask, the more you're know, and the better you can prepare and plan. Who knows, this could one day help you become the HPIC.
- Remind the HPIC. Leaders have a tendency to forget when they are afraid or not sure about making changes. So once a month, ask them if they remember your conversation.Sometimes a little reminder over a meal can work in your favor, and can reassure them that they can trust and depend on you, as you walk through this change together.
Waiting can be annoying and Jesus knows this, it’s why patients is a virtue.