Recently while training on “Change Management” I was asked – How do you deal with people who refuse to change or who refuse to embrace change? My response was – Have you considered that perhaps it is you who needs to change?
The problem is we see everything through “our own eyes” and we see things as always having been done in a certain way and fail to see things from the point of view of others. We live in the past and act as we have always acted. We see the faults of others but fail to see or acknowledge our own. We condemn others for having poor attitudes and fail to consider our own attitude to various circumstances we find ourselves in. For change and transformation to take place effectively we all need to consider where we presently stand and what we as individuals need to change.
We live in a society of where reconciliation and change is essential. Do we understand what this means? Reconciliation indicates understanding, compromise and a bringing together. But in order to achieve such reconciliation there needs to be an effort made and changes made by all parties.
We want to see transformation and change. Once again what does this mean? It means a change in thinking, a renovation of ideas and/or an alteration in attitude. The question we need to ask then is who must be transformed and who must change?
The world is in turmoil and dramatic change is required if we are to survive. South Africa is in turmoil and change is essential – a change in thinking, a change in attitude and a change in direction. If we want to change the world, if we want to change the workplace, if we want to change society we must first change ourselves, our personal thinking and our attitude.
Leaders throughout the world talk about change and require change of others. Leaders in the workplace want the employees to change. Leaders in society demand societal change. Continually the demands made are for others to change. Are these leaders prepared to change and invite others to follow? Are they prepared to lead by example?
What all need to just STOP right where we are and consider what needs to change or be transformed. We need to consider the problems that exist today and do something about these. There is no point in having fancy ideas about what we want to create for South Africa going forward. The problems are here and now. We need to change our approach to what we currently have and to put what is currently wrong right before we can ever go forward.
Let’s all try to start on a journey of self discovery and commence the process of personal change. “If you can change your thinking you can change your life”