The 5 key factors that can impact a person’s “ability” to change:


Implementing a change in your life (personal or business) is never an easy process. There are a number of different blocks and challenges they can prevent you from implementing a change and managing the changes in your lifestyle. Here are some of the top factors that can impact a person’s ability to implement a change.

  1. Psychological blocks/ barriers:

Psychological barriers from our past or from common fears can have an overwhelming effect on how we accomplish various goals. Many psychological barriers exist in our lifestyle that can prevent us from putting ourselves out there and demonstrating the true potential that we have. An excellent example of a psychological barrier could be public speaking. It’s this fear in public speaking that actually prevents many people from speaking in large meetings or for presenting their ideas in a presentation format. There are many people that simply don’t perform well under this type of situation and as a result they are never able to demonstrate their potential or some of the changes that they want to make to other people. If a person’s ideas are regularly refuted by management as well this can create a psychological block or barrier that will prevent them from speaking up for sharing their ideas in the future. These blocks are barriers really hold us back and make it difficult to implement changes because it’s much harder for us to vocalize the changes we want to make.

2. Physical ability:

sometimes a physical limitation can prevent changes from being made as well. If a specific performance level is required to create a change, a person may feel as though it’s outside of their physical capabilities and they will be much less apt to take on a challenge the deem beyond their physical capabilities. A great example could be typing speed. Older individuals in the workplace that have developed arthritis, may be far less apt to take on extra work to demonstrate their skills because they know someone else may be able to perform the job faster. Because their worker performance is inhibited through the arthritis or lack of physical ability it prevents him from performing at a higher level. It isn’t their lack of knowledge or drive but the physical limitation that actually stops them from advancing and implementing change. A great example of how you can overcome physical abilities while creating change is with coaching. We know that most coaches in athletics have the physical capabilities to participate as peers with the athletes they oversee. Demonstrating ability and leadership in the absence of physical abilities can still be a powerful agent for creating change.

3. Intellect:

Developing new abilities requires an intellectual capability to change. Different individuals have different spectrums and strengths of intelligence. Having a well-rounded workforce can help to eliminate some of the barriers for implementing change, especially if people are willing to work together on projects. While some people may have a natural talent for numbers, finance and scientific principles, another person may have talent for language, emotion and customer service. Depending on the changes that a business wants to make you may need several talented people with focuses on different intelligence spectrums to overcome the barriers for creating change.

4. Timeframe:

The time frame for implementing changes can be a major factor in setting change aside. While many managers and supervisors are constantly looking at the speed of implementation, often changes are seen as too much of a risk for efficiency. Another great example of how time can affect changes is the development of training or skills were workforce. If a business is introducing new software for example it may take months of training for a company to eventually adapt to change and actually start creating efficiencies with the changes. There are also small chances that a change could fail, that a person is unable to develop the skills to create change no matter how much time they are given and more. If a change is seen as too much of a time risk for a business this can create a major barrier for generating changes in any business.

5. Resources:

During any major change in the business it’s very important that the business has access to the resources to support individuals. If a person is undergoing training for example, its important that a business has staff members to fill in the gaps in day-to-day operations, that a business has the licenses on that software, that they have a process for rollout of the new techniques and the technology to host it. Other examples can include providing staff members with the financial support they need for implementing changes, the coaching and support they need to cope with changes, the tools and materials they need to succeed and experts they can turn to if things go wrong. Developing any new skill or creating a change in the business requires support resources and without the right resources in place it’s very difficult to generate changes in business. Having a supportive environment can also help with addressing extra knowledge gaps for efficiency gaps that can occur shortly after a change takes place. Making sure to address it change with maximum resources and focus will work as insurance for overcoming the barriers for change.

Keep these top barriers in mind if you need to create changes in your business or you are an individual seeking change for your business.