Change Frame - The Beginning

Change Frame - The Beginning

I distinctly recall the moment that Change Frame was born. I didn’t know at that point that it was called Change Frame, or that it would grow into what it has become.  But it was definitely the first conscious thought I had that led me to this point.

I’d been on sabbatical for a few months, gazing at my navel trying to work out my purpose (I know…lucky me, right!!) Eventually the time came that I’d had to secure a contract for myself to get back to work for a while.  As I rolled over to turn off my bedside lamp one Sunday evening, I realised that was the last Sunday evening for a while that I wouldn’t have to set my alarm to wake up for work.  The following Sunday would be the day before my new contract started, and I’d have to set the ol’ alarm clock for 5am the following Monday morning to get to work.  But for that Sunday night, I could enjoy knowing I didn’t have an alarm waking me up the next day.

I reflected on that the following day and realised “That’s it! That’s how I cope with change!”  My struggles with change began in my childhood when we moved every 3 or so years to a new town due to my dad’s work.  Each and every time we moved felt like the end of the world for me.  So traumatic!  What I realised that day is that I have this little technique I use to get myself ready for a change.  Here’s what I do:

I consciously think of and visualise as many of the things that will stop, start and continue as I can.  They may be things that will stop, start or continue in order for the change to occur (beforehand), or they may be things that will stop, start or continue as a result of the change (afterwards).  By “things” I mean anything…people I see, activities I do, sights I see, scents I smell, sounds I hear… anything!

I know…it sounds really simple, doesn’t it?  That’s because it IS simple!  That’s what I’m all about: keeping change simple.  Because I don’t know about you, but for me, if something’s complicated, I’m probably not interested.  Simple is good.  Simple makes my world a better place.

So that’s the basis of Change Frame: applying the simple Stop Start Continue thought process to changes that you’re contemplating or have recently faced.  I don’t claim to have invented the Stop Start Continue process, but I’ve certainly found it to be an effective basis from which to work through change.

There is a little bit more to it; a few more steps after I’ve thought through the basic Stop Start Continue.  And over the coming weeks I’ll share more of my Change Frame process with you.