What’s Our ‘Immunity To Change’?

I learned that although God loves us, he doesn’t grant us immunity from the consequences of our choices.Donna Rice

immunity to change

Once we’ve streamlined our day and have discovered more time to devote to our transformation let’s figure out next steps…

In our journey even when we know what to change and attempt to change it, we fail, often miserably.


One reason, and there are others which we’ll discuss, is our ‘Immunity To Change’. This concept is made famous by Robert Kegan who wrote the book on it.

He explains that we have undiscovered and unconscious motivations and belief structures that work against us whenever we attempt to change at a conscious level.

It’s what we’re conscious about versus what we’re not conscious about. The two clash and derail our change efforts!

discovery and action

First we must discover our ‘Immunity Map’, which is a step-by-step process:

  1. An improvement goal: It has to be the one thing we want to change badly or what others close to us think we need to most change.
  2. What works against: Then we list out the various things we do or fail to do that work against our improvement goal.
  3. Competing Commitments: Next we list out all our competing commitments and what worry’s us most…
  4. Big Assumptions: This exercise then reveals a final column of our big assumptions in life.

Once we’ve discovered the ‘Big Assumptions’ that run our life, we can try specific experiments to test out these assumptions. These experiments grow bigger in scope until we’re rid of these assumptions that run so contrary to our well-being.

Daily Affirmation: Today I AM uncovering my immunity to change!

Recommendation: Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan

Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good)Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6