Choice and Change

“When we are no longer able to change the situation,
we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Viktor Frankl

Frankl's challenge is one that we face every day, but it isn't always easy to do.

Our brains are hardwired to resist change. We naturally prefer the comfort blanket of the familiar as opposed to the strange, scratchy, brave new world. At Agents of Change our mission is to work with the grain of human nature to help people to face the challenge of change head on.

By understanding how the brain handles change we can address core human needs to turn resistance into commitment, for ourselves and for others. 

We need to recognise that for each of us, change is a choice. How much we embrace that choice depends on the resources we have to support us.

At Agents of Change we focus on ensuring 4 key elements are in place to ensure people are able to choose change easily. 

  • Purpose  We need to know where we're going, and crucially, why. To paraphrase Nietzsche, "Given enough why, people will do any amount of what." What's the narrative for change? Why should that matter to me?

  • Inclusion – We don't resist change, we resist change being done to us - we need to be involved in the process. Change challenges our sense of security on a very human level; it is after all about stepping out of our comfort zones to enter a brave new world of the unknown.

  • Mindset – Helping people build a mindset that is adaptable and open to change is fundamental to creating a culture where change is welcomed. 

  • Practice – Sustainable change only comes through the formation of habit. By ensuring there is ample opportunity, encouragement and support to practice and integrate, ideas become action become culture.

Our next Breakfast of Change will explore how to successfully navigate the human side of change. Come and join us.