GOOD NEWS FOR CHANGE
Anyone who has ever tried to change something about themselves or about a situation likely knows that change isn’t always easy. Old ways of thinking and old ways of behaving tend to creep up and sabotage the change we’re trying to make. This is a time of new year’s resolutions so it’s likely a good time to think about this. Most resolutions are made with a lot of gusto, a lot of determination – and that lasts for a few days and possibly weeks. But then, the chocolate cake in the fridge looks way better than the exercise leotards, and the badly paying job we were going to say good-bye to looks a lot a lot better as the excitement of change meets with the reality of having to spend time looking for new work.
I just read something which made me feel somewhat excited (OK, so I am easy to please. In certain areas, anyway.) According to Kurt Lewin, when 51% of a system’s variables change, the rest reorganizes itself. What does that mean? It means that, at first, change does feel weird (often VERY weird) but, as we persevere through the weirdness, there is a point (sort of the proverbial top of the hill) when everything clicks and everything reorganizes itself according to our new way of being. Yay! Less work to do!