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Engage the Heart and the Brain to Handle Change Better

November 20, 2018 Joe Mechlinski


We don’t handle change well. We suck at making commitments, so we exchange our iPhones for new ones every year. We fail at the promises we make for ourselves, which is why most people won’t follow through on their New Year’s resolutions. Instead of working on relationships, we choose to start over. We lack grit and determination. We aren’t tenacious at those moments when we are struggling to reach the finish line.

The brains in our heads can help put our thoughts and words into actions.

Our head brain can notice patterns so we can design innovative game plans at work. The question is: What happens when we face adversity and the game plan looks like it’s failing? How do we maintain a steady level of excitement, enthusiasm, and energy during these difficult periods? How do we have the courage to follow through when everyone is telling us it can’t be done? How do we stand firm when people dismiss our dreams as childishly romantic?

Most of us begin new jobs with a sense of deep commitment. We want to make an impression on our bosses and new coworkers. We set out wanting to do an A+ job. If the boss asks for volunteers, our hands are the first to go up. Showing up early and staying a little late is fine because we’re ALL IN. 

Somewhere along the way, this commitment and enthusiasm disappear for 70 percent of us. Soon, we are keeping our heads down at work and waiting for the clock to hit six. Returning home doesn’t bring a sense of relief or elation. Instead, we feel as if we went through a battle. All we want to do is vegetate in front of the television. Maybe we’ll decide to get a new job, but we won’t have any sense of why the previous job failed, and the same pattern will follow us to our new position.

We now understand how to free ourselves from this mindset of rinse, replace, and repeat. The way forward is by engaging our heart and head brain to put thoughts into action. 

 Ready to Shift?
You have three brains, one in your head, on in your heart, and one in your gut.  I’ve written a white paper about how the brain in your gut can help you be more engaged at work.