I am sure you heard this phrase somewhere.

Perhaps, in a strange-looking yoga magazine.

Perhaps, in a shiny Hollywood movie.

Perhaps, some podcast on spiritual matters or Vudu magic was playing on the background.

But at risk of losing all my academic and sound data-loving-businesswoman credibility, let me use this phrase as well.

Thoughts create reality.

Now that the hard part is out of the way, let me explain what I mean.

(No, no witchcraft spells will be dropped here, it's much more straightforward than that.)

Our thoughts - the fundamental believes we have about something - define how we behave, make decisions, allocate resources.

Take, for example, our thoughts and believes about change.

If you believe that change happens rarely, you will act very differently than if you believe that change is a regular event - just as if you believe that snow happens every 50 years, you will act very differently than if you think it comes every winter. 

If snow (and change!) happen very rarely, there is no need to prepare. No need to allocate resources. No need to get good at dealing with it.

If snow (and change!) happen very regularly, it's time to invest in winter tires, prepare the city infrastructure - and even consider how to turn snow into a resource, an opportunity, an advantage.

Skiing, anyone?

Psychologists call a combination of beliefs and deep-rooted thoughts about something a "mindset" - and study after study shows that indeed what we believe changes how we act and what we achieve.

For over 3 years now we've been studying fundamental believes people have about change.

If you believe change is rare, there is no need to get good at it. If you believe change is coming, again and again, you start getting prepared. 

So, dealing with change successfully is not Vudu magic - but just like Vudu magic, it does start with a thought.  Or as this summary indicates, with a few different thoughts:

Notice - we've named the "blue" mindset, but can't seem to find the right name for the "red" one. 

And here we need your help.

Comment below with the word that you think matches this mindset most.

And in return, I promise to share as much as I can on how to deal with the "red" mindset at our upcoming free | live | online Reinvention Happy Hour, which takes place tomorrow (that's Wednesday, November 27th).

There is still time to register - and if you can't make this specific day and time, you'll get a replay as long as you register here>>

(That way we don't need to spam everyone on this list ;))

Comment below with the word that works best for you to describe this particular mindset - and let me know if we captured the difference correctly.

Does it reflect what you see in your world? 
Does it help make sense of how your colleagues or clients see change? 
Does it suggest what can be changed in the entire organizational mindset?

That's where the real magic is ;)



Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva helps companies such as Coca-Cola, Kohler, and IBM turn change and disruption into an opportunity.

If you like the article and want to get more pragmatic insights and how-tos on resistance to change, join us at our upcoming free | live | online Reinvention Happy Hour. Secure your spot here>>


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