…until something changes

…bis sich was ändert
31. Mai 2024
Warum mehr arbeiten als nötig?
7. Juni 2024
…bis sich was ändert
31. Mai 2024
Warum mehr arbeiten als nötig?
7. Juni 2024

(Ger­man ver­si­on)


Poli­tics in Ger­ma­ny is curr­ent­ly just as dif­fi­cult as else­whe­re. But one slo­gan for the upco­ming Euro­pean elec­tions has caught my attention:

“I’ll be annoy­ing until some­thing changes.”

Is that the case, I ask mys­elf, does chan­ge real­ly work in such a way that we only have to nag until some­thing chan­ges? Like a child whi­ning at the super­mar­ket check­out until it gets its way? I am skep­ti­cal. As a rule, chan­ge is direc­ted against our habits, beliefs or what the herd around us belie­ves and does. For this reason, chan­ge must be strong enough to over­co­me them all.

Let’s take a clo­ser look at the most com­mon approa­ches and their characteristics:


  1. to hear or see

It doesn’t mat­ter whe­ther someone argues, appeals to us, or whe­ther we see, hear or read some­thing. As pure reci­pi­ents of infor­ma­ti­on, we even find it dif­fi­cult to remem­ber after a short time. We are sim­ply con­fron­ted with too many thoughts the­se days. The brain may con­den­se what we hear or see into a sin­gle remem­be­red thought. That’s it. And as soon as we compa­re our very fami­li­ar rea­li­ty with the thought we heard for the first time, it’s “game”, “set”, “match”, and “fami­li­ar” wins against “new”. A clear case of home advantage.


  1. to repeat

The effect of affir­ma­ti­ons is based on the fact that we hear the same lines or see the same images again and again. This cer­tain­ly leads to a stron­ger ancho­ring in the sub­con­scious, but it works just as well as it did when we heard “sit up straight”, “eat slow­ly” or “put your elbow down” over and over again when we were child­ren. The abo­ve quo­te from Ms. Strack-Zimmermann works the same way. It’s a clas­sic attri­ti­on stra­tegy until the other per­son can’t take it any more or gives in for fear of punish­ment. It works somehow, but it doesn’t bring about las­ting chan­ge as long as the­re is a lack of inner conviction.


  1. to empa­thi­ze

When peo­p­le with whom we are emo­tio­nal­ly con­nec­ted descri­be in vivid lan­guage the dan­ger they were in under cer­tain con­di­ti­ons, we can imme­dia­te­ly chan­ge our beha­vi­or based on their words alo­ne and avo­id simi­lar situa­tions in future. This indi­ca­tes that it is important whe­ther we per­cei­ve what we hear as rele­vant and whe­ther we are emo­tio­nal­ly affected.


  1. to expe­ri­ence

When we expe­ri­ence some­thing with all our sen­ses that is taking place in rea­li­ty, we are cer­tain­ly the least able to look away or imme­dia­te­ly deny the rele­van­ce of what is new. We expe­ri­ence abso­lut­e­ly com­pa­ra­ble situa­tions to our fami­li­ar rea­li­ty, or at least ana­lo­gies that lead to dif­fe­rent results thanks to dif­fe­rent rules. With the help of our expe­ri­ence, we can assess what we have wit­nessed, expe­ri­ence it as rele­vant and are also emo­tio­nal­ly invol­ved as soon as we dis­co­ver tan­gi­ble advan­ta­ges or disadvantages.


  1. to exe­cu­te

The step up from pas­si­ve expe­ri­ence is the acti­ve imple­men­ta­ti­on of a chan­ged pro­ce­du­re. This requi­res some per­sua­si­on, but as soon as we start to expe­ri­ment and con­scious­ly and thoughtful­ly exe­cu­te our acti­vi­ties dif­fer­ent­ly, we have the chan­ce to achie­ve bet­ter results and thus crea­te rele­vant suc­ces­ses with emo­tio­nal poten­ti­al. Prai­se and reco­gni­ti­on from out­side can fur­ther streng­then the emo­tio­nal impact.


  1. to force

Nowa­days, chan­ge is incre­asing­ly forced with power. Sen­sors, soft­ware auto­ma­ti­on or ack­now­led­ge­ment at the touch of a but­ton ensu­re that actions can only be car­ri­ed out in a sin­gle desi­red order and man­ner. For bet­ter or worse, we have to com­ply if we want to achie­ve the desi­red result. And once we have accept­ed this, habit soon heals all wounds.


In a com­pa­ri­son of com­mon approa­ches, the solu­ti­ons that pro­mi­se the most effec­ti­ve chan­ge suc­cess are tho­se in which tho­se invol­ved per­cei­ve the acti­vi­ties as rele­vant and feel emo­tio­nal­ly enga­ged by tan­gi­ble results. The­r­e­fo­re, it has pro­ven useful to actively add the­se ingre­di­ents to all chan­ge initia­ti­ves in order to impro­ve the chan­ces of success.