In the first articles of the self-development series, we explored the steps that precede change. Today, I am sharing with you theories and practices of change as well as a list of inspiring people that made personal change their life purpose.
This list contains the most relevant models to lead change at the personal and organizational level. I believe that each model works depending on who uses it. It is important to know that several models and practices are available in order to find the one that resonates with you.
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Those models were defined by specialist whose job was to understand and document ways to deal with change. They are nice on paper and help to understand what should be done but may lack some practicality.
Lewin’s three-stage process model
Lewins describes the 3 stages of change: Unfreezing, change, refreeze. Reading about it will help you understand about the process of change. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Lewin#Change_process
John Kotter’s 8-Step Process for Leading Change:
John Kotter defines 8 steps to be taken when someone wants to make a change happen. Theoricaly following this steps should work but most of the time the psychology of individual and group decision is not taken into account. Which leads to failed change because a dimension was not dealt with. The steps are: Establishing a Sense of Urgency, Creating the Guiding Coalition, Developing a Vision and Strategy, Communicating the Change Vision, Empowering Employees for Broad-Based Action, Generating Short-Term Wins, Consolidating Gains and Producing More Change, Anchoring New Approaches in the Culture https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kotter#Leading_Change
ADKAR stands for Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, Reinforcement. It is a model developed for personal change. It takes into account the human psychology and can help to create a long lasting change. https://www.prosci.com/adkar/adkar-model
Those model were developed by people who created and use them for personal change. Some of those model may seem like advertisement for our european souls but for trying them myself. I can say that it helps. You may be attracted by a model more than another depending on your personal tendencies. Have a look and pick one and try it for a month.
5 seconds rule from Mel Robbins
The idea is simple. If you have an idea act on it within 5 seconds by counting down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 GO! otherwise your brain will kill it. Learn more from Mel Robbins herself https://melrobbins.com/blog/the-5-second-rule/
Brooke Castillo’s CTFAR model
Brooke Castillo is a life coach with an awesome podcast. I discovered her few months ago and using her model CTFAR has improved my life. It may change yours too. CTFARstands for Circumstance, Thoughts, Feeling, Action /Inaction, Result. Learn more aboutthe model from the expert directly here: https://thelifecoachschool.com/26/
The work from Cathy Bryon
Cathy Byron went through a very difficult time in her life until she came to the realisation that her thoughts about the situation created suffering in her life. She created a process called The work to question those beliefs and find turnarounds. The Work can be found here: http://thework.com/en/do-work
The people bellow are thinkers or spiritual teachers whose teaching can help you in very different areas of your life.
He wrote a famous book the power of now and invites us to live in the present moment because yesterday is over and tomorrow does not exist yet. You only have NOW. You can learn more about him here: https://www.eckharttolle.com/
I guess you already know Ophra the producer and TY Show host who tries to share insightful experiences thanks to her shows. It can help to better understand others point of view and deepen your understanding of the human life. http://www.oprah.com/app/super-soul-sunday.html
He was a philosopher and wrote many books on beliefs, prejudice, love. He offers a reflection about life that can enrich your understanding of who you are in the world. He belonged to no party, religion or any kind of groups that create separation in the human kind. I would love you to discover him not because he offers a change model but because discovering his perspective on life could give you a breakthrough on a spiritual level. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiddu_Krishnamurti
All the models have a common thread: Change starts by knowing where you stand and where you want to go. Only then can you create a path to journey toward your vision.
Some models are more detailed than others which mean that you can use any model you want depending on your situation. I invite you to take a look at the models and choose the one that resonate with you for the current change you want to implement.
Let us emphasize that some change models were thought and written at a time when change did not happen as fast as today. At that time, it seemed easier to follow a process but our generation has to learn to deal with change almost on a daily basis. You need to learn to how to learn and self-regulate in order to realize yourself.
Sidenote from the business consultant in me: Most of the change in companies are epic failures. Unclear goals and processes are defined without taking into account the people that are involved in the change. The journey ends up with unexpected results and inertia. How many of you worked in companies where “big” changes were announced and nothing happened or things got worth?
Most of the time, you want others to change because it is easier to look at what they are doing instead of reflecting on your own behavior and beliefs. The only thing you can change is how you interact with the world. Change is possible but it requires dedication and energy. It requires you to look into the mirror and ask:
What can I do?