We're predisposed to over-value our current efforts and feel uncomfortable about that which we're not familiar with, even if it might be a better route forward.
How can you expose those exhibiting sunk costs to new ideas by gently increasing exposure and familiarity to them over time?
Eventually, the better idea won't be so unfamiliar any more...
We often recoil from the new and unknown, but how can we use exposure to reduce risk aversion?
Sudden, unexpected change can feel difficult to stomach. How can you use 'change exposures' to reduce discomfort?
New chapters in our lives mean creating new versions of ourselves. How can you make it easy for people to take the leap?
Unexpected change creates confusion and discomfort. How can you more delicately manage this process?
We stick to what we know, even when there are better things available. How can you offset this with a low risk sample?
We're evolutionarily hardwired to avoid change where we can. But how can you give people some reassuring control over it?
Our past efforts can often get the better of us. How might you test out a different direction in a lean way?
A fresh week, month or year offers a convenient opportunity to let go of sunk costs. Where can you use time to get closure?
With loss, perception is everything. As long as we've gained something, we can let go. How can you reframe past efforts?
If a better path to reach our goals has been found, letting go of our efforts will be less uncomfortable.
In times of change, we seek out leaders to help us move forward. How can you create reassuring clarity through your people?
As social creatures, we're greatly reassured by the actions of others. How can you use this to reduce aversion to change?