David Harkins

David Harkins

Dr. David L. Harkins is a social scientist researching the human experience in systems and culture. He is an experienced executive coach and consultant, passionate educator, and keynote speaker. Through his teachings, inspiration, and guidance, he helps individuals and organizations identify and connect with their potential to make a meaningful difference in their communities.

The change adoption curve

Change Adoption Curve

Some Most of us hate change.

When change begins, it often doesn’t register on our radar. We choose to ignore it because the impact or “noise” level in our lives is low, but change is in progress, nonetheless.  When the noise level increases, so does our level of discomfort, as the change adoption curve graph above shows.

We complain that change isn’t needed, though change occurs anyway. So, we plead for an exception to change, only to sulk when that exception doesn’t come. Finally, we begin to accept that we cannot stop change.

We realize that we have little control over change. But, tomorrow we’ll repeat the process with some other change in our lives as if we learned nothing about change yesterday.

What a waste of time and energy.

We cannot control change. All we can control is the speed at which we accept change.

Change happens. Stop wasting time ignoring, complaining, pleading and sulking.

Accept the inevitable. Change. Because it’s the only thing, we can do.

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