Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind (QSCCB), in cooperation with the Etzan Center for Administrative Training and the Itqan Program, organized a workshop titled: “Personal Change.” The workshop was conducted by Munira Ali, human development trainer, via the zoom application, during which she discussed several axes, including the concept and types of change, the importance of change, resistance to change, and the beginning of the journey of change.


The lecturer defined change as movement from a realistic state that we live to a desirable state that we long for, and it is also the departure of the individual from a state he rejects to a state he accepts, and this is the positive change that reflects the person’s own decision to elevate self and aspire to become a better person. She also talked about the types of change: global and partial, involuntary and voluntary, radical and gradual, temporary and permanent, and positive and negative.


She stressed that the importance of change lies in self-affirmation, keeping pace with progress, solving problems, breaking routine, eliminating boredom, meeting the demands of others, demonstrating positive feelings, and making strides. Among the indicators of the need for change are frustration, loss of meaning and sense, boredom, lack of productivity, weak relationships, presence or absence of problems, repeated failures, dissatisfaction and poor achievement.


As for the aspects of change, the lecturer cited faith, social, physical, mental, academic or occupational, psychological, and financial aspects. Among its requirements there is proper planning, taking simple steps of change, understanding the causes of change, patience, determination, flexibility, and self-rewarding for small victories.


“Some people resist change due to several factors, including lack of clarity of goals, fear of outcomes and expected failure, as well as identification of change in terms of great burdens and pressures, when there is satisfaction with the status quo, and when previous experiences about change were bad,” she added.