Inertia and the process of change
I recently bought a bag of wing beans from the market with the intention of replicating a dish I ate at Betel Nut, a peranakan restaurant. I found a recipe on the internet. It was an easy stir fry dish. A few days later, the wing beans turned black and had to be thrown away.
What happened? Inertia. I just could not get started.
What was I afraid of, that I could not start a project that took only 30 mins, including prep time?
If I failed, who would know? Just open the dustbin and throw away the evidence.
I signed up for a class, Cookery Magic.
Being in a class with hands on and a patient teacher certainly helped.
It made me think of Kurt Lewin’s Change Process. What prevents people from changing?
The first stage is unfreezing our old habits that are no longer effective.
That prevents unfreezing?
3) Lack of Information
I am on a quest to improve my craft. It all started with a clipboard and a piece of paper and asking myself:
What are my goals?
Whats stopping me ?
Truth be told, my colleagues gave me a voucher for the Cookery Magic course in 2008 when I left INSEAD.
10 years to use the voucher. Bless Roxanna for still honouring the voucher as most organisations would only have a 8 mth validity.
Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’
I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
– Lewis Carroll
What’s your cure for overcoming inertia?