Daily Archives: January 4, 2009

modalities of change


Change comes in different forms or modes and depending on the mode of change we accept or reject it. Our attitude on change becomes the determining factor in how we deal with the change.

Persistent change – the kind of change that wears, like water over a rock. Eventually the sharp edges of the rough surface are removed and what emerges is something smooth.

Consistent change – The world we live in is an example of consistent change, technology is often a driver for that. We live at a time where change just happens at an ever quickening pace.

Resistant change – in the advance of change is the ability to deny it (which may be true or not). Our beliefs and values are resistent to change (look at the election and party affiliation). Even change that may turn out to be beneficial is often resisted due to fear. The WIIFM (What’s in it for me) factor plays into the ability/desire to change.

Sudden change – Life is all planned and things are going well and then there is an event that demands swift action. Perhaps it is just for a short period of time and things will return to the daily/normal/predictable patterns of daily living.

Transformational change
– Something that radically transforms your world view. Your beliefs or values suddenly don’t match the direction you desire to go in and gradually you outgrow the old patterns and develop new patterns.

Transitional change – Steps that are taken to move from one state of being to a new state.

Disruptive change – Changes that force a new way of living that is not desired or welcome (loss of job, grief, death, …), or it could be positive change as well, a change in career, a change in living location, …

Chaotic change
– The kind of change that is more stressful than it should be, unplanned and untamed the change that results in setting up one pattern only to have that one displaced by something else or something old.

What kind of change do you experience the most often?

What kind of change do you resist?

What kind of changes do you want to make happen and haven’t?

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Ghandi