Our emotional response to change is critical. Emotions provide great energy, either to resist or enable difficult change. In Chip and Dan Heath’s book Switch, the emotional response to change is portrayed as an elephant. One of the suggestions they give for dealing with the elephant is to shrink the change. Many of us will associate this with the advice to “eat the elephant one bit at a time.”
In this video, I follow-up my story of personal change and describe how when faced with a huge elephant of change, the only way I survived and eventually thrived was to shrink the elephant that threatened to stomp me. I hope you take the time to watch this short video. When you do, please share your thoughts in the comment section below. I’d be especially interested to learn your own personal strategies for shrinking change.