TWO ASPECTS OF CHANGE:
- You create, make or bring about a change
- A change has happened. How do you react, cope with it or handle it?
This could be in the form of progress or a new idea or changing behavior. Sometimes it is hard to move out of the comfort zone, to go against the staus quo.
Peter De Jager uses three of Issac Newton’s laws of Motion to bring us three fundamental aspects of Change:
|Sir Issac Newton’s Laws of Motion||Peter de Jager’s Fundamental Aspects of Change|
|An object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.||People in one situation, tend to stay in that situation, unless they have a reason to change.|
|The acceleration of an object as produced by a net force is directly proportional to the magnitude of the net force, in the same direction as the net force, and inversely proportional to the mass of the object.||The more people have invested in the past, the more difficult it is for them to change into the future.|
|For every action, there is equal and opposite reaction.||When we try to change people, they’ll resist.|
In summary, for all of us, when we experience change, it is important to remember that we change when we have a reason to. The bigger the investment in the past, the harder it is to let go. As far as bringing about change, as change agents we must remember that resistance is natural. We should see resistance as an opportunity to discuss the merits of the change.