Why is change so difficult, and how can it become easier to achieve?

The Challenge of Change

The answer to,“ Why is it so difficult to change?” lies in the fact that change challenges the world view (constructs) which give both groups and individuals identity and value in their world. It is appropriate that people are unwilling to surrender something that has taken so long to build and has endured, and thus passed the test of time, to something which is not proven or demonstrated to be of value in the world. Theory is one thing; demonstrated practice is another.

It is particularly difficult for organizational leaders to change themselves, because they have their identities and sense of security invested in the established way of operation. The fear of the uncertainties of change, the lack of the competencies needed to function in a changed world, and their attachment to the constructs upon which they live their lives, deters many leaders from embracing change. However, a failure to change in a continually changing world is a recipe for increasing stress and eventual extinction. This is the challenge of life. We are all challenged not to exist, but rather to live, and truly living involves learning and becoming, and taking risks to explore uncharted territories and continually embrace the new opportunities that await us.

In the family, in the workplace, and in society we have an opportunity to understand and discard the constructs of the past that no longer serve us well in the present. It takes courage, not only to consciously acknowledge the need to change, but to be willing to envisage and embark on and experience the unknown.

What Are Constructs?

Learning How to Change

Building the Foundation for Learning and Change