In the fictional world of Stephen King’s Shawshank Prison, Brooks Hatlen is a man with a fear of change.
He’d been inside for 50 years and finally, faced with parole, he cracks and attacks another inmate. He simply doesn’t know how he is going to adapt to world on the outside.
We may never have been in prison but I’m pretty sure we can all identify with Brooks (lockdown 1 anyone?)
So why is fear of change so terrifying?
Fear of change is based on stories, sometimes real ones, often ones we tell ourselves on repeat that society just loves to (unhelpfully) reinforce.
These stories can get in the way of us achieving our potential or stop us from seeing when we’ve made massive, positive leaps forward. And that’s a damn shame.
“Progress is impossible without change”
It’s time to re-write the narrative when it comes to supporting change in business. Whether that’s pivoting within a smaller business, a larger transformation programme, or even making that leap to working for yourself.
Stories can re-focus your mindset around change. They create a more positive, healthier relationship that is built around being excited about all the possibilities ahead of your, rather than giving into the fear.