Why Is It So Difficult to Change? The Answer Lies Within You

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Why Is It So Difficult to Change? The Answer Lies Within You

Posted 14 Dec 2017

Emotional Health

Carol Talbot

Why Is It So Difficult to Change? The Answer Lies Within You

Every year thousands of people across the globe attend courses and buy books on goal setting, goal getting and personal achievement. Yet they never reach their true potential or put into practice the tools and techniques that they have learnt because they simply go back to the way they’ve always done things. They then wonder why their life is not quite the way they imagined when they were younger.

While we crave the comfort and safety of that which is familiar, in this day and age, the phrase ‘business as usual’ has a new definition. ‘Business as usual’ means change and disruption.

In a recent survey of leaders the number one concern in business was cited as managing change. According to Fortune 100 companies, 84% of executives said they had at least one change initiative going on. Nearly half of them said that they had three or more changes underway with the changes being linked to growth, productivity, competition and globalization.

There is nothing more constant in our lives than chance. How many times have you tried to change and failed? Maybe it was quitting smoking, losing weight, or kicking a caffeine addiction. Why is it so difficult to change?

The answer lies within you

You have two minds; the conscious mind and the unconscious mind.  Your conscious mind is hard-wired to constantly analyse, criticize and judge everything that is going on, whether that is what your colleagues are wearing, what they are saying or doing to whether it’s criticising and analysing changes in growth, productivity, competition and globalization. It’s judgemental. Your conscious mind can be best represented by the keyboard and monitor on a computer. For example, you see a newspaper article citing a drop in oil prices and it puts the economy into a spin.

Your conscious mind is created, and like a computer monitor, nothing appears unless it’s plugged into a hard drive and programs are loaded. Think of it like a new iPad or smart device, press play and nothing happens… unless you load the programs.

Your unconscious mind operates in a different way. It can be likened to a computer hard drive (although far, far more powerful). Essentially, your unconscious mind is a recording and playback mechanism and forms the habit mind. And did I mention that it is one million times more powerful than the conscious mind? The unconscious mind is running YOU on its automatic pilot mode around 95% of the time!

Neuroscientists have shown that the conscious mind provides 5% or less of our cognitive (conscious) activity during the day.  That means that most of your decisions, actions, reactions, emotions and behaviour depend on the 95% of brain activity that is beyond your conscious awareness. Even when you think you are consciously making a decision that decision is going to be based on the existing programs stored at the unconscious level. It is the unconscious mind which shapes how you live your life.  And it’s the hard drive your organization and team are operating from that shapes your business.

So if you’ve ever found it challenging to change, now you know the reason.  Furthermore, if it’s challenging for you to change, then how challenging is it going to be to change an organization of people all running from pre-programmed hard drives?

So consider the following…do you dress like a 5-year old? Are you still riding around on a little toddler tricycle?

Probably not! You grow up into an adult; you learn and constantly evolve and develop yourself which means that you’ve out-grown certain things. If you change clothes, cars, where you live, your job, your hair style, your relationships and friends then surely it would make sense that you also need to change or update the programs stored at the unconscious level; on your hard drive.  Indeed, are your current programs supporting you and your business or are they sabotaging you and the life you would like to create for yourself.

Because with change comes opportunity. Winston Churchill said that “A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” There is always something valuable that can be derived out of difficulty, adversity or change. You just have to look for it with an open mind. So just embrace change in your life, and have it work in your favor to help elevate you to a higher level of achievement.

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anthonbergerx_411 says:

1 year 1 day ago
Good post! Seems to me like change is one of the biggest challenges that human beings need to be able to deal with. From birth to death, our lives are in a constant state of change including our body, our mind, our friends and family and the communities both physical and social that we rely upon to help shape who we are and who we become. Interesting. AB

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