It doesn’t have to be this way.
‘Change’ is a perceived threat and you are biologically designed to deal with a threat in a certain way, often referred to as ‘fight, flight, freeze’. When you see a threat you will either aggressively attack it, be frozen to the spot by fear or run away. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Change is a perceived threat and you are biologically designed to deal with
You will instinctively respond to a threat and protect yourself, which could be protecting your ego in some cases, possibly one of the biggest inhibitors for successful change.
A key player in this is the amygdala in the brain. The amygdala is involved in processing strong emotions such as fear. It has been essential to your survival.
Unfortunately this amazing defence mechanism isn’t always useful and can manifest itself as completely irrational behaviour. When this type of stress occurs your breathing and posture will change.
It is likely that you are unaware of these changes happening to you in real time and as a result it will also create the ‘white mist’ or ‘red mist’ clouding your judgement and decision-making.
Whilst this has been integral for our survival it is not useful for leading or surviving change.
We help individuals; teams and organisations embrace the fear of change and create a high performance, mist-free culture.