WHY CHANGE IS HARD AND WHY WE NEED TO CHANGE TO SURVIVE

By Gai James Kai,

Opinion.

Freedom is not free, it is earned. (Photo: Annie Paige)

Freedom is not free, it is earned. (Photo: Annie Paige)

August 3, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Right now in the current South Sudan crises upheaval of markets, governments and social attitudes we can see and feel that there is no ‘normal’ and that we may never have a comfortable ‘normal’ again.

This realization can frighten us or it can light a fire under us (SPLM-IO)  to be what I call ‘champions of change’.

We can fight back, resist and deny but this only creates more pain and stress. At the very best we can individually choose to move forward, to notice our personal thought barriers to change and make a commitment to shift our behaviors towards making positive change.

So why is change hard?
Psychologically we are wired for fright or flight we all know this and when faced with change we perceive it as a threat to our well-being and to our survival.

That’s why people will go to protective behaviors or selfish behaviors that benefit themselves but not necessarily
the greater good.

That is unless as an individual you have done enough personal ‘work’ that you recognize you are responding in a way that is not going to create good for all.

This requires courage and commitment to look beyond current and immediate pay off and to see the positive future that can be created if we all work
together for change.

As change champions we as youths need to be holding ourselves to the highest level of accountability in how we envisioned the change communicate the change and
then execute the change.

I had a conference call with a change champion leaders yesterday and they admitted that our behaviors are not always consistent with the change we talks about with their teams.

Our willingness to be aware of
our behaviors and our inconsistencies is a tremendous strength as it allows us to
communicate our own challenges which in turn creates trust and awareness among her team.

Up until now we have been getting away with inconsistent and inauthentic leaders because very few people are holding
them accountable.

Today we are being called out on our actions and sometimes in very public ways via social media.

Are you ready for change?

Gai James Kai; is an independent writer who has written numerous articles on democracy, human rights, Law and order.  He can be reached through; gaijames11@gmail.com or follows him on Facebook using the above name.

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