Over a month ago I’ve started going through a Change Management course and discovered how it can be applied in one’s life and in any organization implementing a drastic change to drive results.
Change has three principles. First, change is registered in the brain as pain. It lets us throw old habits. Initially, we are rewiring our brain to adapt. Second, expectations shape reality. It is a driving force that enables us to go through the change for a better output. Third, the greater the gap, the greater the stress. If a person is trying to lose weight from 52 pounds to 42 pounds, the stress rate is greater as the person requires greater effort than someone who’s trying to lose 2-3 pounds.
In change, an individual goes through different sets of emotions:
1. Neutral phase: No knowledge of what is going to occur.
2. Initial Excitement: Initially a person gets excited, motivated and enthusiastic.
3. Denial: Once change happens, there is a denial, a numbness of the change occurring. People think, “Is this really happening? Am I really doing it?” You’ve set your alarm early in the morning so you can jog for at least 15 minutes. You go through a denial phase and think of just going back to bed.
4. Resistance/Frustration: We go through a series of stresses trying to resist the change. This is when we try to go back to the old ways of doing things. Usually it can either break or make us.
5. Exploration: We adapt and explore opportunities. For example, you want to lose weight and you want to make it a habit working out. You set a schedule within the week to make the change happen.
6. Commitment: In this phase we are ready to apply the changes in our daily lives until it becomes a habit. We are motivated in making the change stick.
Having to go through these emotions is never easy. The reason why most people stick to their old ways is because of complacency. They are comfortable in what they have and is not eager on getting out of their comfort zone. In such cases, the change will never occur.