Our Relationship to Change
What is your relationship to change? Resisting change leads you to fear the natural world where change is an ABSOLUTE requirement for progress.
The truth is, when done right, change is rewarding, enriching, and energizing. The belief that change must be difficult is a myth.
This myth is sustained by the fact that organizational change failure occurs at such a high rate. Mountains of literature exists on why this is so. Change Practitioners write endlessly about what we can do to avoid such failure. This same rate of failure is prevalent when approaching personal change although, to some degree, those changes can be more in our control, but not always. They still fail regularly.
As a change practitioner myself who has spent over 20 years designing, leading and driving major change and business transformations, as well as supporting other awesome humans through countless personal changes, I have found one variable holds true: Change without co-creation and community doesn’t work.
Co-creation is the intentional and yet organic process of bringing together different people and perspectives to co-create a mutually valued outcome. Community is the feeling of fellowship that is created as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. It is also a result of deep care and a genuine desire to help one another get what we really want.
Together, they are a recipe for ownership, meaning and success.
Back to my original question then…do you resist change or feel that change is a bad thing? What great things lie just beyond your current reality? What changes are calling you but you have either not been listening or have been resisting the change or changes at all costs?
If you could shift your relationship with change, what could be possible for you? How might you approach change not as a solo event that has to be hard, but one you get to embark on with others — a unique opportunity to co-create a new and better future and to do that in community? Would this help to change your mind?