Essentially everything in our universe strives to reach a state of homeostasis. This applies to individual entities to massive complex systems either metabolically, physically, socially or psychologically. Paradoxically, while the drive or equilibrium is ongoing, there are always some other forces tilting the system off-balance into a state of disequilibrium or change. The result is a dynamic interconnection between these two opposing yet complimentary states of equilibrium and change. They are two sides of a same coin where one cannot exist without the other where the purpose of change itself is to reach a new state of balance and harmony.
When it comes to people, by and large the preference is for the known or equilibrium over that of change. In fact, it is fairly safe to state that people generally have difficultly with change. It is part of why there is so much focus and time dedicated to the study for effectively managing change. It is relatively simple to change situations when people are not involved, but the more people are impacted by a change, the more difficult change becomes. Ironically, while people and beliefs, expectations, assumptions, concerns and hopes can present a significant obstacle to change, they are also the solution.
Driving change, whether its personal or professional, requires some form of catalyst to overcome the inherent inertia of the human condition. Its can be internal or personal – marriage, divorce, moves, job changes, birth, illness, death. Or externally imposed – political, environmental, sociological, technological, economic, market or other force that inevitably tilts people’s comfortable plane of existence into uncomfortable uncertainty. It is only through people’s ability to manage the tilt. That is the choice to accept ‘what is’, followed by the fortitude and persistence of actions to learn and adapt that they are able to move from conscious incompetence to unconscious competence – a new state of equilibrium.
So when faced with having to change, what’s your tiltability? Do you resist it? Scratching, clawing and scrambling to hang on to that old comfortable plane of the way things used to be. Only to eventually realize resistence is futile as the incline increases and you loose your grip and fall. Or do you see it, accept it, and allow yourself to let go and enjoy the ride?