Understanding the 4 Types of Change

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Blue Sand HourglassTime relentlessly moves on in our lives. It always feels it is moving faster the older we get. The toilet paper roll effect, it spins faster as we get closer to the end : )

But even if we truly cannot SAVE time, they are not making more of it, but we can delegate or do things in parallel, or easier what layers on top of time passing is the persistence of:   CHANGE

Note four kinds of change and be aware with life what you are experiencing.

1) Change just happens. The local restaurant closes, someone dies, your health fails, you get a new job, your roof leaks, the dishwasher breaks. Wear and tear rusting or growing in life. Change happens TO you.

Then we have three categories of you affecting change, change FROM you.

2) You sit on the fence and make NO choice to change. No choice is a decision. The deferred maintenance on your fence, the wind blows it down. Sometimes problems do go away on their own. The ignore barking dog, the homeowner moves. Usually this is not a good choice to sit on the fence.

3) You make a bold decisive action with clear thought, or haphazard, you set your sail AND, you go from point A to point B. You decide to move from California to Texas. You get the knee replacement surgery. You invest in a stock. You hire a company to get a new roof, and voila, hopefully the world is a better place and an accomplishment happens.

4) Then there is the same action as #3

BUT everything planned to go from point A to point B does NOT work. Your proposed business idea is a disaster and you lose money. The surgery does not work. Planting your garden the rains flood your flowerbeds and no rose bushes this season. You get the point. This can be the MOST frustrating of change. God laughs at our plans. Doing the same thing over and over and not working is insanity. You have 1,000 fishing poles in a pond with one fish in it. When there is no solution to a problem to be solved, a truth is to be accepted.

RECOGNIZE which of four configurations of change you are in, just happening to you, in your charge with no decision, effectiveness, or completely out of your control. It will help you deal with the next step, based on what you are experiencing and come to the grips of understanding persistent change in your life and in the world.


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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Great post.  We do need to pay attention to what is happening when make decisions.  Not everything works out just because we decided to make a change.  

Aug 02, 2017 09:45 AM #1
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gary-This whole year has been about change and before too long there will be more because I am making the decision to change. Great post on change and the different types. I have experienced all 4 this past year.

Aug 02, 2017 10:01 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Gary- The interesting this is things change, even if we don't. There are changes that are inevitable and we have to learn to accept them, and some changes just  happen. It's the next step that can make all of the difference.

Aug 02, 2017 12:17 PM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Gary great post and thoughts - great to see you too!  Change is one thing I am actually really good at as I had a fantastic mentor years & years ago. I also staffed Life Succes Semiars and our motto was chose and move!  We all were very good at change and working well as teams. I am very thankful to have had that opportunity!

Aug 02, 2017 12:37 PM #4
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Gary Woltal Thanks for the list of types of change in life.

Aug 02, 2017 02:14 PM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have never seen change dissected into different types like that.  Very interesting perspective on the topic.  I haven't fully embraced the idea that change is always good.  Change is pure raw energy that is only as good as those with the power to move it, or direct it.  And, in the case of nature, you'd better look out!

Aug 03, 2017 02:44 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

All true Gary and the one thing I can always depend on is change. The question is always how fast, how significant, and how disruptive the change will be. Our industry is about to experience all three in large doses.

Aug 03, 2017 07:19 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice to share. 

Have an outstanding week.

Aug 07, 2017 03:52 AM #8
Kathleen Frawley
Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento - Wilton, CA
South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404

Yes!  Number three is my favorite.  Someone said "We make our plans, God laughs"  I think the older I get the less change I like, even if it IS inevitable.

Aug 13, 2017 06:14 PM #9
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Gary, 

I find myself still laughing at the toliet roll paper effect.   What you say in this post is true.   I also think it is entirely possible to have all four types of change going on at once.   At least that is what seems to be happening in my life as I get older.  


Ultimately, we should try to focus on the changes we can control, not get to distraught when plans don't work out how we hoped and try to look for the positives.  


I hope you have a great weekend. 

Aug 18, 2017 07:31 AM #10
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I admit I am not to keen on change, but I do enjoy your post!

Aug 23, 2017 06:57 AM #11
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