To build resilience for change, it's also important to build skills and strategies for anticipating and planning for change – before it's upon you.
This is key to being able to think clearer in the moment, and having contingency plans in your pocket ready to pull out.
Anticipating and forecasting change is all about prediction. It's about thinking about the future and trying to get clarity on what will happen and when, where and why.
The reason we try to anticipate in advance – is to reduce the element of surprise so that we can help our brain function better in the moment when we become aware of something that is about to change.
Two techniques to anticipate changes that may impact you are: Scenario Planning and a Pre-Mortem
Scenario planning is a tool to think about what is happening around you (at work, at home, in your industry, in your network). What is helping you move forward that you don't want to lose and what could be new opportunities if they arise? What barriers could come up that could hold you back and what barriers do you currently have that could disappear?
Once you have your list, you can start to group these into possible scenarios, to develop contingency and coping plans.
A pre-mortem is a commonly used tool in project management to think about a situation where everything has gone wrong.
Once you have your scenario in your mind, you can list all the potential reasons for the scenario happening. This allows you to start developing plans for what you can do if it does arise as well as plans to mitigate against some of the causes of the scenario (some of the things you can do today to stop the scenario from happening).