Practicing Change: Switch Seats

Last week, we introduced the concept of “Practicing Change”.  Today we introduce one of the simplest changes you can make because it does not require any additional effort or learning to implement and yet it can have a profound effect on your ability to embrace other types of change.  The most difficult part of this change is escaping your own comfort zone.  We all get into a comfortable place within our own homes which makes the home a fantastic environment to experiment with change.  If you have your doubts, sit in the most opposite place in the room where you watch TV and see if it feels different.  I promise, it most definitely will and although this is such an inconsequential change it will stir up a bit of discomfort.

Now making this change might also require you to influence someone else in your household to move seats as well.  Fortunately this is good influencing practice.  At some point in your life, you will need to influence someone else to change so you might as well get started on developing this skill.  Suggesting that someone move from their favorite TV spot might be the most difficult influencing you ever attempt, especially if they can recite lines from shows and movies and have the channel guide committed to memory.  If you have more than one TV in your house (everyone raise their hand), you can also try switching to a room where you don’t normally sit and watch TV.

Once you have determined that watching your favorite TV show or movie from another chair or room is not too overwhelming, you can move on to other seating switches.  If you happen to eat dinner with your family, dinner time is a great opportunity for you and everyone else to switch seats.  If you tend not to eat together as a family and instead eat over the sink or on a TV tray, try going to the dinner table.  Granted eating over the sink generally requires less clean up time, but your gastrointestinal system will be thankful you’ve decided to sit.  Regardless, whatever your current habit is around TV and dinner time, switch it up and get out of your normal routine.

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