I’m reading an older book by Neale Donald Walsch, published in 2002, entitled “The New Revelations”. I have enjoyed most of his books, and occasionally go back to read them again. I always find something new to get out of them, based upon where I am in my own transformational learning at the time. This time I picked up on his chapters on change, and the concept that “change is the nature of life”. In it, he is talking about the need for change, for moving on, in our societies, in our religions, and in our belief systems. He expounds on “enlarging” our knowledge and accepting “more” into our lives rather than relying on ancient learning and interpretation.
So, here is the interesting part. There are basically three types of change, as part of the nature of life:
- The first is where dynamic systems fall apart. They wear down, and eventually become too random and disordered to utilize energy effectively. This happens to our bodies, our material possessions (cars, houses, appliances), our religions, our organizations, our governments, and our cultures.
- The blessing is that as humans, there is another force of nature. Physicists call it negentropy, the negative or reverse of entropy (#1). The technical explanation is that it is the energy expended to slow down the entropy. In terms that I understand, it is the natural inclination some of us have to continue the transformation of who we are. Even though our bodies are wearing down, our minds can be expanding our conscious and unconscious thought processes. Not only do we humans deteriorate physically, but we also can choose to enjoy the processes that lead to more choice, better concentration and power over our thoughts and ideas. It is only by understanding this process, and utilizing it in every situation do we create transformational learning.
“We will never be able to solve our problems, at the same order of complexity we used to create them.” ~ Albert Einstein
- The last force of nature is entitled dynamic equilibrium. This is where the positive and negative forces are in stasis. The system is at equilibrium because the equation equals no net change. It isn’t because there is not activity. Quite the contrary. Dynamic equilibrium is about competing energy usage, sometimes allowing change to occur for a brief period, but ultimately falling back into “the way we’ve always done it”.
As leaders, we are constantly looking for something that will create significant change for our organizations, moving us to more complexity, a higher capacity, and more success. In addition, we are backing that up with worry that we could be in danger of losing our lead in the competitive race, becoming complacent and routine, and thereby losing focus. How many of you have been involved in a significant push to change the organizational culture, or even your own personal way of life, only to make the change for a brief time, and then slide right back to where you started (or even beyond)? Most of us could raise our hands here.
Most of us want to be part of a dynamic organization that does not disintegrate or even stay exactly the same. It is exciting to be moving forward, to be a learning organization, and be energized by creativity, freedom and growth. In order to evolve in this direction, we must be willing to embrace change;change that is significant and transformational. The openness to change must occur at all levels of the organization from top leadership on down in order to be completely successful.
How much are you willing to embrace and create change in your life?
Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. Her passion is success grounded in embracing change, standards of integrity and priorities in life. You can also find Georgia on her website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, or you can reach her at (402) 304-1902.