Deep Scary Change

The Coaching4Clergy Team is rapidly growing.  This week’s guest blogger is faculty member, Michael Godfrey.  Michael has a unique coaching business in that he coaches both ministry and business professionals.

Deep Scary Change

While serving a business through group coaching, my attention was called back to Robert Quinn’s book Deep Change.  His premise is that the world in which we live is constantly changing and, in the face of this, deep change is essential if individuals and organizations are to be vital, contributing agents in the this world.  The process leading to deep change calls for a profoundly introspective look into self and our organizations.  We must discover what is possible and identify the deep change needed to thrive personally and lead those around us to do the same.   According to Quinn, we choose one of two alternatives, deep change or slow death.

I want to be a person characterized by deep change.  I want to be a vital, contributing agent to the lives of individuals and groups.  This cannot happen if I am a victim, passive, or satisfied with the status quo.

Deep change is no small temporary thing.  It is big and permanent and scary.  It’s scary because to achieve the deep change needed, Quinn says we must “walk naked into the land of uncertainty.”  I  don’t like uncertainty.  I like familiarity.  Also, deep change takes hard work.

Here’s what I have found personally about deep change:

  • It is empowering.  In the face of difficult circumstances of my life, rather than letting the circumstances control me, I have looked through the lens of my faith and found meaningful change and a more meaningful life.
  • It is energizing.  Deep change always involves a new, fresh approach to life and living which is energizing to the spirit.
  • Old ways don’t work for achieving deep change.  My beliefs about the way things “ought to” or “should” work won’t work.  I try to kick the sides out of the old box and work in a new place as needed and appropriate.
  • It influences others.  I find that others are regularly influenced toward deep change by my experiences of deep change.  I am influence by deep change in others.
  • It takes courage.  Deep change is not for the faint of heart because it usually comes out of great personal challenge, ruthless self-examination, and being and doing in a less familiar way.
  • You can’t always know where the change may take you.  I am still discovering the impact deep changes made along the way.

Don’t confuse the above with my having things under complete control.  I am definitely on the journey between being shaken up and settled in the process of deep change.  But, that’s required for learning to happen and I am content with that.  How about you?

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J. Val Hastings

J. Val Hastings, MCC, is the Founder and President of Coaching4Clergy, which provides specialized training for pastors, church leaders and coaches. Val is the author of the book The Next Great Awakening: How to Empower God’s People with a Coach Approach to Ministry and the e-book The E3-Church: Empowered, Effective and Entrepreneurial Leadership That Will Keep Your Church Alive. Val currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, the highest coaching designation.

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