What does perception of time have to do with change?
What does perception of time have to do with change?

The importance of perception

Original content by ChangeDriver

Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to swat a fly with a newspaper? Flies seem to react at lightning speed. How do they manage to get away so quickly, time after time?

It turns out flies and other small, agile creatures perceive time as moving slowly. While we see the newspaper whizzing through the air towards its target, the fly sees it in slow-motion, giving it ample time to get away.

Time perception depends on how rapidly an animal’s nervous system processes sensory information. Scientists have tested this ability using a rapidly flashing light. If the light flashes quickly enough, animals – and humans – perceive it as solid and unblinking.

Animals that detect the blinking at higher frequencies perceive time at a finer level of resolution. This means movements and events around them unfold more slowly than they unfold for us. For instance, you and a mouse may be in the same place at the same time; however, the mouse’s world unfolds at a much slower rate than yours does.

What does time perception have to do with change realization?

When we view all the elements of change as though they were in slow motion, we can see things that we may have missed at a cursory glance. This makes us more agile and able to avoid impending problems – just like the fly.

As strange as it might sound, slowing down can actually speed-up your change efforts.  Slowing down helps you steer clear of potential mishaps or obstacles that might be headed your way, and improves the quality of your decision-making.

So, what aspects of your change agenda are you not seeing clearly?

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