Change is the only constant – PAS, elections and the way we code change in our mind

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When I started out in life, I thought life is dramatic and change is irrevocable and that we need to constantly change. Read your books and listen to different blogs. The message is still widespread.

We need change, and change is the only constant.

True – but then, as I mentioned earlier, even small change will lead to different outcomes in the long run.

There is a clear function of change in our mind. We code the amount of change in a certain manner in our brain. Everybody perceives the amount of change happening differently. What one perceives as dramatic change is hardly anything to others. Many times, people want to don’t want to change. They are reluctant to change. They mourn about new change initiatives. Those who initiate change have a different pattern or program running in the mind. In their mind, change needs to be dramatic, revolutionary, and ongoing. Everything that lasts longer than 2 years seems boring.

It is the matter of how you sell change initiatives to your audience. Those who want dramatic change need to realise that change might cause resistance inside a person. They have to know that most people do not want change or only slight change. It is about communicating differently, to address those concerns

Malaysia goes to election in a couple of days and the newspapers are filled with long stories about the elections about who says what and how politicians will change the world or their backyard.

I read, with interest, the article in The Star outlining the number of change initiatives that the Islamic party PAS initiated since they took over the Eastern state of Kelantan a long time back.

The Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat “claimed 100 socio-economic changes, mostly related to religion, since it swept to power in 1990.” It’s been 28 years, remind you! This amounts to 3.57 change initiatives in 1 year.

Could that mean that they are very careful with the sentiments of their population, so that the population is not overwhelmed or that they are very focussed? To me, 4 changes per year is not much, for others, wow, it could be a lot.

Now, I am not sure if the Menteri Besar of Kelantan is aware of the findings by Rodger Bailey about change tolerance in the context of work, and I don’t even want to discuss the different changes initiated in Kelantan.

Rodger Bailey is the “developer” of the Language and Behaviour Profile (LAB Profile). His research found that more than 60% of the population, in the context of work, do only want slight changes, every couple of years.

But watching the way how people of different types interpret the changes made gives quite an interesting insight into the mental patterns in their mind. How we perceive the amount of change is an expression of the mental filters in our mind and how we perceive the world is just one of these!

These mental filters indicate how we motivate ourselves and what kind of environment we need to have to maintain our motivation. All in all there are 14 mental filters (with NLP schools teaching up to 40 or 60 of these filters!!).

A combination of these filters allows you to understand and communicate with others in a very influential way. You will understand, why someone says that 100 change initiatives in 28 years has an impact, while others say, it is just a little of not much.


Andreas is the founder of Asia Mind Dynamics and a certified trainer of internationally recognised certification programmes:

  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) with the American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP),
  • NLP Coach Training with the Coaching Division of ABNLP,
  • The Words That Change Minds -Language and Behaviour Profile of which he also is one of 17 Global Master Trainers
  • Creating Your Future Coaching™ Techniques at the Masters Level with the International Timeline Therapy Association
  • Hypnosis with the American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH)
  • Master Trainer with the International Association of Counsellors and Therapists (IACT).

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