Most people and organizations know exactly, what and who they want to become, but they have no idea what and who they are. Instead of accepting, that change is the natural result of a conscious life and evolves by itself, we put it into concepts, tools etc.
I see two different change concepts, that could look alike but are fundamentally different:
1. Enforced Change – change as goal: People and Organizations identify a problem, they identify a future desired state, they define activities, plans, strategies, whatever to get there. This might lead to somewhere, but seems always associated with pain, loss, discipline, working against your own identity. You need to force others and yourself. It doesn’t come naturally, but is the result of rational thinking. The motivation is the “fixing a deficit”. We all know our plans to lose weight, change eating behaviors, transform organizations. We all know the struggle with enforced change for the good, but poor results, self-blaming or stuck in the middle outcomes. And sometimes it really works, but only for the real great people, very disciplined ones :). The others will always quite not be there.
2. Change from “being”- change as result: magic happens while you stop wanting things to happen and to change and instead start to feel how it feels to be in the present. When you sit still for some time, when you start being before you want changing. When you start questioning and sinking into yourself for a while you will start to sense yourself in a totally new way. You will not need a diet protocol, but you will sense what you want and what is good for you. You will automatically take different choices. Same for organizations: as soon as they understand, what they are, what their purpose is, what is important to them, they will at once get a clear understanding and a natural sensing for the right decisions, for the best suited people and how they deal with their clients and stake-holders. As soon as you are conscious of your being, change will be a natural result.
We are human beings – not human doings