Changes? What changes?
Many people talk frequently about Change. It’s a word full of implications and meanings. For some it has very positive connotations because it links them to their objectives, desires and dreams, to that which they want to achieve and to the likelihood that what they would like to happen will happen. For others, the connotation is less positive because they imagine scenarios full of risks and the possibility of losing their status quo.
In any event, when dealing with the subject of Change, we run the risk of falling into a dual trap:
First, because the word “Change” is one of those words, like Management, Freedom, Communications (that we NLP scholars call nominalizations), that are great for saying something without saying anything. A sharp coach could ask you something similar to “Change, eh? What’s changing in your… organization, job, life?” or “What do you want to change and how are you going to do it?” Nailing down the specific aspects that will help you engage in the most suitable training and actions.
Second, because one of the most interesting aspects of change is that we implicitly think that implementing a change is one of many options, it’s an alternative to doing nothing.
But simply changing our point of view or reference system slightly (in NLP we call it perceptive position) quickly leads us to the conclusion that the status quo is nothing more than an illusion or simplification, and that in reality nothing is unchanging. Everything is part of an inevitable process of change (for the better or for the worse). Our organizations, our relationships, we ourselves, everything is permanently evolving based on complex and interdependent rules. It would be naive to think that we can avoid change, assuming that were even a choice. Life, families, coworkers, markets, politics (extremely relevant these days) all have the power to shake us from that static illusion when we least expect it.
So perhaps it would be more useful to ask other types of questions:
- How do you want to face and shape your changing environment?
- What course do you want to take in your personal life and professional life, in your family and in your organization?
- What tools do you need in order to have more influence?
NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is one of the most effective and efficient disciplines for leading processes of change. The set of tools it provides are yielding excellent results in highly diverse personal and professional settings. Professionals are using them to help or lead others, as are individuals who want more freedom and options in leading their own lives.
I normally use with myself, and with those whom I help, the mantra “Embrace Change”. Now I’m inviting you to take another step, I’m inviting you to “Drive Change”, and to do it in the direction where your dreams take you.