Change Fitness

This may be a term that is unfamiliar to you. That’s because it is a new way of describing a concept that we are all aware of. The concept is this – some people handle change really well and, as a consequence, they are able to grasp more opportunities and solve more problems. In short, they are more successful in life because they find it relatively easy to succeed at change. But many people don’t like change and find it really hard. They get defeated by problems and rarely grasp good opportunities when they arrive. The difference between these people is in their level of change fitness. Change fitness refers to our psychological capacity to handle and be successful with change. Let’s take a look at change fitness in more detail.

Just as physical fitness affects our ability to succeed at physical activity, so change fitness affects our ability to succeed at the change process. Physical fitness isn’t something you can see directly, but you can see how it affects our lives, and it can be measured. In a similar way, change fitness affects our lives and it too can be measured.

While physical fitness describes real things about our bodies, change fitness describes real things about our thinking. Change fitness is a form of psychological fitness – we are talking about what we think, how we think, how we see the world and our place within it. It affects the what we understand to be true and real about life, how we speak of it, how we interact with others, and how we behave. All this affects how successful (or not) we are at handling change.

Change fitness involves 7 key psychological capacities we all need to be successful with change. To some extent, we all possess these 7 capacities – if that weren’t the case, none of us would ever succeed at change. But we all possess them to differing degrees and in different combinations. Our strengths and weaknesses with change are a product of these different degrees and combinations. None of us is born with any of these capacities. Our personalities may interact with them to some extent, but they all learned. We don’t learn and of them as subjects in school or university, but we learn them from our social interactions and the meaning we give to our experience. Some are difficult to change, but they can all be changed, if we are prepared to work on them.

Change fitness is important because it helps us succeed at change. And when we succeed at change, we are more able to succeed at the things we want to do in life. So it’s important on a personal level.

But it’s also important on an organisational level. A business cannot be competitive, innovative, and good with change it it’s people are bad at it. There is a strong incentive for businesses to develop the change fitness of their people, because in doing so, they automatically become more resilient, more competitive, and more able to innovate. But it’s also important to know what your change fitness strengths and weaknesses are when you’re trying to manage change. If you don’t have this information you’re like a sports coach who doesn’t know the capabilities of his team. It makes it much harder to win.

At The Change Gym, our specialist knowledge of change fitness has enabled us to develop a sophisticated tool to measure the change fitness of individuals and teams. Our tool is called IRVEY – it’s cloud-based and takes around 30 minutes to complete. It provides a host of detailed information about your people and this information is invaluable when making decisions about change plans and strategies. If you would like to know more about this tool, or arrange to use it, please contact us.

Talk to us today about how to build your change fitness and how to enhance the fitness of your people. Be also be sure to check out the Personal Change Fitness Program.