"Three Keys to Overcoming Resistance to Change" - NASW Annual Conference

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel and Conference Center
500 Powder Springs St.
Marietta, GA

So much of what stands in the way of successful, sustainable change are the perceptions, rationalizations, justifications, excuses and stories we’ve created (as children) that keep us locked in old habits and patterns as adults.

In this presentation/workshop, Dr. Peter Vajda shares his knowledge, experience and training of how and why we resist change. Participants explore and share their experiences with resistance to change, and discuss what's holding them back. Together we look at the underlying cause of our resistance.

Peter then provides valuable insights, practical exercises and powerful tools to support participants to accept, engage and embrace change from a place of equanimity, serenity and inner peace in their lives at work, at home, at play and in relationship.


1. Understand the mind/intellect alone cannot effect true and real change; the inner wisdom of the heart and body are necessary for change to be lasting and sustainable.
2. Understand and practice with mindfulness and focusing (right-brain activities) that support one to experience the state wherein one's real and authentic self can show up; the self that is more open and receptive to change
3. Practice allowing one's fear, accepting one's fear and feeling one's fear in a mindful way that provides the doorway into transformative change and growth

Take aways:

1. When I'm acting as a self-aware, mature, and responsible adult (rather than an unconscious emotionally reactive 4-5-6 year old), and I experience myself in a state of equanimity, inner peace, calm, balance and harmony, I'm more open, accepting, and curious, and less defensive and reactive about change.
2. I didn't know what I didn't know about how my early-childhood self-limiting and self-sabotaging programming shows up in my adult life.
3. While the trigger for my reactivity to change may be "out there," the cause of my reactivity is inside me. It's never about "him," "her," "it" or "them."