Change is a Muscle


Change is a muscle that we forget how to flex. As a result, it weakens. At some point, we pass an invisible marker and have little tolerance for any kind of change. We lose that child-like sense of curiosity. We stop exploring.

We say that habits are good (and they are), so build a habit of change. As with any other muscle start slowly, then build your capabilities. Begin somewhere. Anywhere. Avoid becoming wedged between your habits — and the inability to envision something new.

Today, I changed my Sirius radio presets. (Which have never been changed). I happily discovered a couple of genres of music. I’ve also added a couple of new outlets to my morning reading routine. (There is nothing like a new writer with a fresh perspective.) To be quite honest, I didn’t know what I was missing.

Even small changes can feel like a burst of energy.

I challenge you to change one element in your routine today. Challenge your team to do the same. Embracing change is a foundational skill that breeds resilience.

See what comes up.

Change is a muscle.

Flex it.

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Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. She is a charter member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program. Her thoughts on work life have appeared in various outlets including Talent Zoo, Forbes, Quartz and The Huffington Post.

6 thoughts on “Change is a Muscle”

  1. As long as you are the one implementing and embracing change, it’s a good thing. When outside forces implement change, people’s knee jerk reaction is something is being taken away. Perception is overwhelming sadness and/or anger. The good old change cycle. Takes courage to move beyond the denial. It’s a new year…let’s go and switch it up a bit 👍
    Time for new adventures!


  2. So true. Change can be very difficult when it is imposed and we are unprepared. I’ve been a involved in enough organization change efforts to know that. But, interestingly there is a wide range of individual differences even in that experience. Some are more flexible. Others are overwhelmed and have to exit. My thought is that resilience is built through rehearsal. Simply thinking about the things that may change at work (and life I suppose) and what we would do.


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