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For Things to Improve, We Need to Make Changes

For things to improve, we need to make changes

For things to improve, we need to make changes

Change is an integral part of the success formula.

The success formula is made up of five major parts: Purpose, Plan, Action, Feedback, Change.

The fact is, that success requires change. But humans don't like change.

Many people hate making changes.

Change Management : For things to improve, we need to make changes

This represents a problem.

It is important for us to "get our head around" the issue of change.

Change can proceed in two different ways:

  1. Evolutionary change.
  2. Revolutionary change.

We need to talk about these two kinds of change;

Evolutionary change

Evolutionary change is change by small steps. This is achieved by making continual adaptations to the current design and improving the system constantly, but by small degrees. Evolutionary change tends to build confidence, and it is easy to implement.

The slight problem that people have with evolutionary change, is that any single change seems to be insignificant and so, there is a tendency to think that "this minor change won't make much difference, so why bother?"

So many people don't do the simple, small things, that would make a difference, when combined with many other small improvements.

Evolutionary change is easy to do, but easy not to.

The power of evolutionary change is only harnessed, when one does do the simple, easy baby-step changes.

Easy to do. Easy not to do.

Revolutionary change

Revolutionary change is more difficult. Revolutionary change is done by means of a giant leap, taken in a short period. Revolutionary change tends to induce fear. Revolutions tend to be difficult to control, disorganised and unpredictable.

The point I am trying to make here, is to make the changes evolutionary, not revolutionary.

Revolutions tend to involve a lot of pain. Most people don't like painful revolutions. They are traumatic events.

Evolutionary changes are less traumatic than revolutionary changes.

Even if the change is revolutionary, you should try to make the implementation of the change, feel more like an evolution.

Let us look again at the characteristics of evolutionary change.

Evolution

In 1859, Charles Darwin shook the world when he published his book called "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection".

In this book Darwin showed how life on earth changes over time in a manner consistent with the success formula.

Life follows the success formula. Purpose. Plan. Action. Feedback. Change.

The Purpose of life is to "Live long and prosper". Live long enough at least to reproduce and continue the species.

The Plan: is all written down inside your DNA which is safely wrapped-up inside the nucleus of each cell of your body.

The Action: is how you live your life.

Feedback: in biology, the feedback is whether you Live or Die.

If the organism lives, then that is regarded as positive feedback and therefore no change to the DNA is necessary. If the organism dies, then that is regarded as negative feedback and change to the DNA code is necessary.

Adaptive change

Adaptive change is bought about by means of "Natural selection" - meaning that every individual varies from every other. Every individual living thing is unique. Those that are most suited to their environment have a "competitive advantage" over those that are not.

The individuals who are best suited to their environment, tend to survive longer than those that are not. The individuals whose DNA (written plan) builds well-adapted bodies, have a greater chance of living long enough to successfully raise their offspring. It is their genes that are passed on to the next generation. Little by little, over long periods of time, and by small degrees, every species changes their form.

You are a microcosm of nature. Your life also runs long the same lines. Purpose, plan, action, feedback and evolutionary change.

Evolutionary change is change by degree. Small, easy steps, taken over a longer period of time. Evolutionary change is change by adapting to the changing environment. Evolutionary change is constant change. Small scale and progressive. These small scale progressive and adaptive changes add up over time to large-scale improvements.

Think of change as a process of evolution.

Ask yourself this question: "What are the painful long-term consequences a person must suffer if they fail to adapt to a changing environment?"

Answer: They become extinct.

The rule is simple: Become an adaptive person.

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