“If you teach the course in the fall, I will absolutely be telling at least three people that they need to take your class.”
That was one of the best compliments I received after my spring quarter class, “Something Has to Change” at North Seattle College.
Personal change is hard and not your typical conversation topic, so it’s delightful when a participant would want to enthusiastically recommend a class on change to others.
My invitation for my spring quarter class was this: Is there something you’d like to change about yourself? Perhaps a persistent problem or pattern of behavior that’s negatively impacting you? Perhaps you simply want to improve on something, but you find that your determination and willpower is not enough? The class starts quite simply with just one desired change goal (a “change challenge”), but from there it unfolds into a personalized way of understanding your own change challenges and how you can unlock the blocks you experience.
The class applies the Immunity to Change™ (ITC) approach to change developed by Harvard professors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. The tool is simple, but when done right, what you learn can be fascinating and possibly liberating. I use ITC with individual coaching clients, but last spring was the first time I tried it as a small group class. I know that ITC is highly effective, as supported by research data, but I was curious to see how it would work in a small group format.
For those who deeply wanted to change and did the work outside of class, the change and personal growth over the course of the class was profound. Others weren’t able to spend sufficient time outside of class (minimally half hour per week) for “homework”, but I believe they all gained new understandings and made progress relative to their efforts.
So, I am offering the class again in autumn quarter. If you’re interested in creating change in your life, please join me. I will guide you through the ITC approach to change. There are three ways to try it:
And there was this much appreciated comment...
“I truly cannot say enough how happy I am to have taken your class. The material works, but having an instructor/guide feels absolutely necessary to dig deeper.” Thank you! : )
Thoughts for creating success in the second half of life.