Why People Find It So Hard to Change

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We can manage change the easy way or the hard way.

By Vic LeBouthillier

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” - Alan Watts

 

How many of us have tried to make what seemed like a simple change in our lives only to feel discouraged by failure or shame?

One of the main reasons that change is difficult has less to do with knowledge or behavior and more to do with how our brain directs its resources, how it lays down pathways to form habits, and how much energy is required to change those habits.

Much of our lives revolve around habits that we have formed to make life as efficient as we think possible. While this is clever and functional for good habits, it treats bad habits the same, and wires our brain to make change more difficult.

 

Change requires short-circuiting the parts of the brain that keep you doing what you’re doing, and reprogramming it to do something different.

As you can imagine, this takes energy. Though the brain is flexible and certainly can change, it takes time to do so. In addition to time, it takes focused energy to direct our thoughts into consciously making different choices and changing our behaviors.


What we will explore throughout our upcoming blogs is how to successfully address change in our lives. Using the most current research in this area, we will introduce some “brain hacks” that work with where the brain can be activated the impacts of change so that you can harness your mind to work for you. We will give you some practical skills and updated outlines for the Do’s and Don’ts of effective change management. We will also be encouraging you to try some of these tools in your own life.

Our hope is that by the end of this series, you will be able to successfully manage change in your life.

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