The SIX Stages of Change

You will not change until your desire to change becomes greater than your desire to remain the same

The fallout from the coronavirus has taken us into uncharted territory resulting in sharper rises in unemployment, and steeper falls in job vacancies. The recovery will not be straightforward: restrictions are likely to persist in many sectors, and many businesses will struggle to survive.

Our desire to change will become prominent when we realise our desires, actions, attitudes and our behaviour are not serving us and meeting our needs on a value level.

If we want more from our lives than we currently have then we will adjust ourselves accordingly until we get it.

Ask yourself: What do I really want and what am I prepared to do to achieve it? Am I willing to put in the work? Am I interested in self-actualization and becoming all that I can be?

The Change Curve will explain the emotional stages you may be experiencing during this period of change.

The cycle for dealing with change typically follows a course of six distinct phases.

Shock: disbelief may be short-lived but is characterised be a sharp decline in motivation.

Denial: feel change isn’t necessary. Will see a decline in performance as a loss of direction is felt.

Anger: feelings of unfairness and injustice can be experienced.

Depression: reality has begun to sink in- this represents the lowest point for the person in terms of morale and performance.

Acceptance/letting go: the positive elements of change begin to emerge and people accept that change is inevitable, striving to work with it rather than against it.

Integration: individuals adapt to new ways of living with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

The Change Transition Curve helps to understand the negative consequences of change such as a decline in motivation, performance and engagement with others, friends and family will be able to respond to the anticipated problems proactively before they actually occur.

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