The driving force behind change is that results are evident both before and after the change is implemented.
The fact that there is a way to assess the change is what makes us able to make the conscious decision either for or against change.
If you have been watching the news you have undoubtedly seen the epic revolutionary demonstrations going on in Egypt following the successful revolution in Tunisia.
Change is in the air in the Middle East and it is likely to continue until favorable conditions are experienced.
What began as a small but successful revolt in Tunisia that led to the toppling of the reigning regime, is now looking like an entire revolution of change sweeping across the Middle East that is forcing governments like Syria and Palestine to reexamine long standing practices.
It will be interesting to see what types of governments will emerge once the changes have been established in these regions.
Through eons, human beings have implemented changes and it is because of these changes that we have experienced the greatest inventions and transitions of our times.
Just imagine if the caveman had never felt uncomfortable enough to invent fire.
Kurt Lewin who has for a long time been considered the father of modern social psychology came up with the change theory.
Although very simple, it can be applied through almost every aspect of life.
Kurt Lewin suggested that the three stages of change were: 1.
Unfreeze This first stage is the melting down of long standing beliefs and practices.
It is the preparation for the change to come.
The individuals or groups have realized that the situation is uncomfortable and that something has to be done.
It involves the individual's interest in making a change in the current circumstances.
If there is enough discomfort then the desire for the change far outweighs any other desire to leave things as they are.
My definition is simplistic at best and this first stage can be expanded or contracted to fit any situation.
Most businesses will use this stage to begin conversations surrounding assessment of current conditions.
Basic daily application unfreeze stage of change can be your reflection activity.
Taking the time to assess conditions that you might be experiencing will help you determine whether you like the current conditions or you would like to change the conditions.
Change This is the actual experience of the change.
When in this stage there is the feeling of being in uncharted territory.
There are two kinds of reactions during this stage.
For some this is an exciting time where the anticipation of what is to come excites them and the future holds the promise of the new more favorable conditions.
For some the unknown is terrifying and they might altogether quite and go back to previous conditions.
Some might make the entire experience a difficult ordeal for anyone around them by constantly complaining and finding fault in the experience of the change.
I am sure that in the revolutions going on in Egypt there are those who may have seen the experience as futile and essentially jumped ship.
It is normal for some to simply watch and see whether the goal is attainable then join in later for the last leg of the experience.
The experience of the change is really a varying degree of how much each individual has bought into the goal (their motivation) they hope to attain.
On the basic level, keeping your goal in mind during the entire experience and taking time to assess the direction you are headed will help in determining whether you should continue or backtrack to previous conditions.
When I first started working out again last summer after a 5 year hiatus, my entire body creaked and a think I must have almost quit about a million times.
The constant presence of pain reminded me that the change was indeed taking place.
I didn't realize it but I stopped thinking about the pain probably 2 months ago because I submitted myself wholeheartedly to the process of change.
My motivation was always the goal that I kept in clear sight of how much I would like to lose and how healthy I wanted to be.
Re- Freeze Lewin called this the maintenance part.
This is where the person has implemented the change but has to keep up the constant application of the change for the future.
It requires constant reexamination of the conditions that have been created and finding ways to revisit the unfreeze, change and re-freeze stages.
In the case of the political happenings of the Middle East, the reigning governments will have to constantly examine conditions that are favorable in order to starve off future revolutions.
On the basic level, a constant monitoring of the new conditions in your life will determine whether they are ideal or further unfreeze, change and re-freeze conditions need to be created.
The bottom line is an awareness of unfavorable condition needs to be in place for anyone to want change.
A person has to be motivated to see better conditions.
During this moment, one has to condition the mind to be aware that it is seeking a change.
Following this the critical step is to actually do something about it.
Change that's only in one's head is just a thought.
Constant reexamination of conditions around you will create the opportunity for change and improvement in one's life.