We are naturally resistant to change, even when we know that change is good for us or is in any case completely unavoidable. It makes far more sense to accept the inevitability of change and to learn effective (and healthy) ways to respond.

One major barrier is the beliefs, traditions and superstitions we all harbour (to different extents) in our heads.

Our beliefs create our internal reality (and with that, great comfort in the “known”). But that belief can also distance us from actual reality. What we “know” may not actually be real. It wasn't all that long ago that most of the world believed that the Earth is flat, that darker-skinned people are sub-human, and women are second-class citizens. No one can argue that such disconnections from reality are harmful and retard social and technological progress.

Our willingness to challenge these internal “truths” – our willingness to step out of the comfort zone they create – directly affects our ability to cope with change.

Unthinking beliefs can…

Challenging internal beliefs is not easy. They are often caught up in emotive issues around identity and belonging. If we change our beliefs, we may become ostracised from our families, communities and social groups. We may also be offending God!

Does this matter? Surely every one of us is entitled to our beliefs after all right?

Sure. Except there are quite a lot of us (global population wise) at the last count. The effect from individual actions (or inactions), based on individual beliefs and internal “realities”, can become grossly amplified by population.

The effects of a few people who believe that business success should only be measured on profits versus a whole hemisphere will be markedly different!