Change is a Muscle


Change is a muscle that we forget how to flex.

As a result, it atrophies and becomes weak.

At some point, we pass a mile marker and have little tolerance for any kind of change. This limits exploration and resilience. We can opt for routines — and that works for certain aspects of our lives.

However, we may not realize what we could be missing.

That becomes risky.

We often say that habits are good. But, when does a “habit” pass its expiration date? For example, when do our daily routines become merely protection? When does an assessment of our own value or potential, become inaccurate? Of where we work?

As with any other muscle that is neglected — we must start slowly and build its capability. If not, we may be hopelessly unprepared if events arrive uninvited.

Today, I’ve altered my Sirius radio presets. (Which have never been revised). I happily discovered a couple of genres I was missing. 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.

You may not know what you are missing.

Even small changes can feel like discovered bursts of energy. They help prepare us for what is next in some small way.

Change one thing in your routine today that might energize you — even if it brings a bit of disruption. Challenge your team to do the same. Tolerating change is actually a foundational skill that breeds stability.

See what comes up.

Change is a muscle.

Flex it.

Read more about it here (Vision=Change):

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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