One of the most important parts of my work with riders is to guide and support them as they make important changes in the way that they think, feel and behave so I was thrilled a while back when we looked at the Change House model at a Centre10 CPD day.
The Change House model was developed in the 1970’s by Claes Janssen and is still very useful today.
Which room in the house are YOU in?
The ROOM OF CONTENTMENT? This could be seen as your comfort zone where there is no risk and little change or development. It’s a pleasant place to be but if you choose to stay there then you will need to accept that nothing much will change.
The ROOM OF DENIAL? In this room you may unconsciously be aware of the need for change but are consciously defending the status quo. You may have a feeling of discomfort but be telling yourself that change is not for you.
The ROOM OF CONFUSION? In this room you will have accepted that things need to change but haven’t yet found the answers or the way forwards. There is a lot of hope in this room and this is often the room where support will help you most.
The ROOM OF RENEWAL? As you are guided towards this room the way forward becomes clearer and you experience a welcome increase in energy, excitement and motivation. This is the exciting phase that clients often experience after a couple of sessions when they grow in optimism and can see that their goals are achievable.
There are also sometimes a few other rooms which you may find yourself in such as the Dungeon of Denial or the Paralysis Pit!! If you feel that you’re stuck in one of these rooms then my advice is to seek expert help as soon as you can as they aren’t pleasant places to be! Making changes in any area of your life can be hugely challenging so I’m sure you don’t want to get stuck in one of these rooms.
If you would like some help and support to guide you through any process of change then please do get in touch and we can have a chat about the best way to work together.