Ever heard that cliché? Of course you have. Change is part of the natural order on planet Earth; and yet, it seems we humans have not figured out how to deal effectively with it, even when we dearly desire to make some substantial changes, in our personal or professional life. Have you ever wanted to have a better job, stop eating so much sugar, improve your personal relationship, or feel better about yourself? All of us have, in one or more of these and other areas of living. Ashleigh Brilliant, the one window cartoonist, says “The difference between life and television is, with life it’s more difficult to change the channels.” Is that so; and if so, why is that?”
The purpose of this and future blogs will be to shed some light on the darkness that is the challenge of change, and to offer insight and awareness to help you take charge in the rapids of change.
Change is accelerating as it invades every area of our lives. We are living through one of the greatest financial challenges in most of our lives. Millions have lost their homes, and their sense of certainty and security, through foreclosures, the loss of our jobs, and the extreme erosion of our savings. The prospect that our kids will enjoy a better future is in doubt. The Earth is heating up, drought is more prevalent and causing far greater financial and personal burdens, “Super Storm Sandy” has been a harbinger of what we can expect more often.
As W Mitchell, world class speaker and author tells us, “It’s not what happens to us; it’s what we do about it.” So, how do we deal effectively with the challenge of change? I’m so glad you asked. First, I believe we need to take a look at some of the reasons why change is so challenging. In my next blog I will introduce a metaphor from my work as a raft guide in the Grand Canyon to help you understand and appreciate why we tend to resist change. In future blogs, I will introduce a simple formula that will enlighten you on what needs to be present to overcome that resistance, and a model to help you manage your transition rather than feel managed by it.
Please keep this in mind: The subconscious mind can’t take a joke; if you think you can’t, you’re probably right. What needs to change in your life?