“The way to activate the seeds of your creation is by making choices about the results you want to create. When you make a choice, you activate vast human energies and resources, which otherwise go untapped.” The way to activate the seeds of your creation is by making choices about the results you want to create. When you make a choice, you activate vast human energies and resources, which otherwise go untapped.” Robert Fritz
Change happens, sometimes it is forced change and at other times it is a change by choice. In either case in order to make the change last there is a certain amount of physical and emotional energy that has to be invested in that change. The amount of energy that it takes to create lasting change is known as “activation energy”. That is the amount of psychological and physical energy that has to be developed by you to make a real change possible.
Imagine what it is like for someone with little confidence and low self-esteem to have the kind of energy that will permit change to occur. They may have thoughts of changing and they’ll tell their friends someday I am going to lose some weight or quit smoking or do something that is life altering and that is the same story you’ve heard year after year. Those are just thoughts of change there is no commitment to change. Some people live in land of “should”, “could” and “would” which mean a life of perpetual disappointment. “I should do something but ….. “, they would say. Or, “If I had _______________ I would be able to _______________”, would roll off their tongue for the thousandth time. There is no energy or commitment to make the change.
People are desperate for something different.
Thomas Mann wrote, “There is at bottom, only one problem in the world and this is its name.
How does one break through?
How does one get into the open?
How does one burst the cocoon and become a butterfly?”
Our brains see change the same way it sees fear and it reacts with the same powerful force as it does when there is something is threatening you. You’re not going to think about running if there is a bear right behind you, you’re going to run (bears can run 30 mph so it doesn’t make sense to run, but we’ll use it for now). Now think about the amount of energy it takes for you to get up and run full speed, it takes a lot. It takes that kind of effort to make personal change as well. Instead of making a change the brain says “No, you don’t need to do that” and of course that is what you do, you don’t do it, you do something else that is less threatening. It takes a serious shock to raise the level of energy up to the activation energy level for change to occur and the brain just isn’t going to let that happen because you can think about it.
Think about any change effort you have made, what did it take? How did you sustain the effort?
To make change happen you have to be committed to making the change, you have to override the brains message to you to “give up”, to “go back”, to “do something else”. You have to have what is called “passion” to change.
If you know you should change, do you have the passion to make that change work?
“Change is avalanching upon our heads and most people are grotesquely unprepared to cope with it.” Alvin Toffler “Future Shock”