How Strong Is Your “Change Muscle”?

25 06 2008

Fostering change at a successful company is hard work. You’re fighting history, which usually looks far rosier in retrospect than it ever did at the time. And, you’re selling a vision of the future that you can’t guarantee.

Why are some of us better at change than others? Ariane de Bonvoisin, founder and CEO of The First Thirty Days, Inc. believes there are 9 principles that make people good at change:

  1. They have a positive belief about change — they are “change optimists.”
  2. They believe in the change guarantee: something good always comes from change.
  3. They know they have a “change muscle”–that they are strong, capable, powerful, and intuitive enough to handle any change that comes into their lives or that they want to initiate.
  4. They refuse to become paralyzed by “change demons”–negative emotions that arise during change.
  5. They don’t resist change–choosing instead to accept the reality of their situation.
  6. They understand that their thoughts, the words they say and the feelings they allow themselves to experience during change have a direct affect on how easily they move through the transition.
  7. They believe that life has a deeper meaning than what can easily be seen or felt, that something greater is at play, and that no change is arbitrary.
  8. They surround themselves with a support team to help them move through change.
  9. They refuse to get stuck during change. They keep moving and take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally.

If you’re having a hard time inspiring change, how many of these principles are you applying? How many of these are your company having a tough time with? There’s more to learn here. It’s from Guy Kawasaki, who always, always has useful stuff here.




One response

8 09 2008

Thanks for making people aware of the change muscle. As Ariane says, we’re all stronger and more resilient than we imagine. Think about on all the changes you’ve made to date … see what I mean?

First30Days has some really good articles and tips to help people get started with their changes. Plus, Ariane interviews experts each week for her podcast series.

It’s the word of the year … change! If you want to learn about how to get good at change, visit us at

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