Are You Open to Change?
Got to thinking about this primary question regarding human development – Are You Open to Change?
There are a large number of people who talk about change – both positive and negative – and then there are the people who will not even discuss the possibility for change. This is where it gets interesting, especially if you are expected to coach this person to the next level of performance.
I discovered that some people are totally locked into their respective thoughts and beliefs – and they will not change their mind. You see these people are unable and usually unwilling to change. In fact, two of our assessments actually picked up on this factor and when both have the indicators fixed upon unchanging view points – well, these people do not change. It’s that simple.
The reality is these people has chosen to lock on to their beliefs and opinions on certain subjects and refuse to change – even in the face of new facts and information. This is the part that I have the most difficulty with regarding human nature – the fixed opinion leading to a closed mind. Yet, this is what makes people unique and sometimes very difficult to deal with. Do you know someone like this?
If there is any hope (and sometimes there is no hope) of a person changing, here is the method it takes for this to occur. You must ask questions that lead to self discovery of the answer or the need for change.
The key is that these people will not change their mind for others. The only way for change to occur is due to a personal decision to change their mind. Admittedly, this is rare, yet it does happen when someone knows how to ask the right questions in the right order and allows for self discovery and self decisions.
Therefore, if you need to influence others regarding their future or the present – learn how to ask good questions that allow the process to work for the person answering the questions.
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