Change fitness is the psychological fitness to succeed at the change process.
Whenever we try to change something, we engage in the change process. So change change can take many different forms, but underneath all these forms there is the same process.
Sometimes we find the change process easy, and sometimes we find it hard. But why does this happen?
One of the reasons we might find change difficult is because some changes demand much more of us than others. They push us far outside our comfort zone, they are complicated, they take longer, and they are just harder to do.
For example, let’s suppose your New Year’s resolution is to learn how to speak a foreign language. This is quite a difficult change to succeed at. It will take a lot of dedication and hard work over a long period of time before you can succeed. This places a lot of demands on you.
Alternatively, suppose your New Year’s resolution is to catch up with a friend one Friday each month. This change will make some demands on you both (you will need to plan, make time, and stick to the arrangement), but it is far less demanding than learning a new language.
So some changes make lots of difficult demands of us, and some make far less. Obviously, it is harder to succeed at those with difficult demands.
But there is also a reason why change can be harder for some people than it is for than others. Some people have the capacity to stick with changes that are very demanding, and others give up easily when change gets hard. Some people have a kind of fitness that enables them to endure when change gets hard.
This capacity is what we call ‘change fitness’.
Let’s use an analogy to describe it. Imagine making a change is like climbing. Making a change that doesn’t demand much from us is like climbing a gentle hill on a smooth path. It is easy to climb and you meet many people along the way. Lots of people get to the top and enjoy the view.
But making a change that demands a lot from us is like climbing a steep mountain on a rocky and slippery track. It’s really tough to get to the top and you don’t meet many people on the trail. Very few make it to the top.
Obviously, you need more fitness to climb the mountain. You need more change fitness to succeed at difficult change.
But being able to succeed at difficult change is an obvious advantage. People who can do that are able to go places that others can’t.
Change fitness is not about being able to begin change – it’s being able to succeed at change. It’s not about all the ‘how to’ things you need to learn along the way – it’s about having the capacity to stay on the trail until you get to the top.
The Good News
The good news is that your change fitness can be measured and it can be developed. We have a program called the Personal Change Fitness Program (PCFP), which is online and includes one-on-one coaching. On average, people going through this Program have a 40% improvement in their change fitness scores in the space of 12 weeks.
So, if you find it hard to stay on the trail when change gets hard, the PCFP is the place to go. Contact us to find out how you can get started.