After having survived the initial shocking stages of the change process, this is the stage in which one starts to reorganize their thought process and begin accepting the reality. The discovery stage shows you what the change process has brought along and your role in it. There are two stages in the discovery process.

Discomfort to motivation

The feeling

In this stage the initial feelings of loss and anger wear out as you realize that they were probably exaggerated.  There is still wariness and uncertainty as one tries to regain the control lost in the initial stages of the change process. As new information starts getting through, these feelings of uncertainty gradually fade.

The thinking

Confusion will be experienced in this stage as one tries to chart a new path in the changing environment.  The main questions are?

  • What now?
  • What is next?
  • How will this get done?

Actions

Unproductivity will be noted in this stage as one tries to experiment with new ways of accomplishing tasks.  If not checked, this can lead to more confusion and low self-esteem.  Reframing is the remedy needed to unproductivity in this stage.

Reframing is the process by which one can recognize self-defeating thoughts and rearrange them to focus on the positive aspect of an issue. For example instead of thinking ‘I can’t catch up with all that’s going on’ you can think ‘I am halfway done on this.’  This is a powerful self-empowering technique.

Moving From Discovery to Perspective

In this stage, any lingering negative feelings on the change process disappear and one starts to focus on what needs to get done.  The logical process kicks in and one starts to discover aspects of change and the new challenges in place.

The feeling

You will feel relieved as it looks that you are going to pull through after all. There is a feeling of anticipation as you look towards the opportunities that are presented by the change. The question you will be asking is ‘what about me?’ This will get answers like ‘let’s try it’ as you become more resourceful.

The thinking

Your thinking is geared towards resourcefulness to exploit new open opportunities.  The challenges presented are not insurmountable as your thinking is broadened to see new choices and ideas.

Actions

You will feel energized as you realize that you can go along with the change and make it work for you.  Partnering with co-workers to find solutions becomes a better and quicker way of solving problems.

What has been your experience in the past with discovery, reframing and perspective? Do you find you’ve moved through these steps intuitively even though this may be your first time hearing this information?