I’m a big believer in people’s capacity to change.
In fact, I think that one of the most powerful levers we have in life is recognizing that we can change. This can be around mental plasticity – realizing our ability to learn big, new things. Or we can go deeper, reconfiguring our habits, our outlook, even our emotional responses – how we are wired.
It all starts with knowing that we are not static beings. And with recognizing that the way we act and the person we are aren’t one and the same thing.
We also have to give ourselves permission: the space to see that it took us decades to learn to act the way we act today, so it no doubt will take years, not months, before our new behaviors and orientation grow deep roots and feel natural.
Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the first Lean Impact Summit organized by Leah Neaderthal and Leanne Pittsford. It was an energizing, entrepreneurial event based on the premise that we will create faster, more powerful change if we learn to embed Lean Startup principles into social change work (you can too!).
Jessica’s right, of course, the magic does mostly happen outside of our comfort zones. That’s where we change and grow.