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Why People Resist Change and What to do to About it

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Identify the positives that can come out of the change you are contemplating. Ask yourself - are you very disappointed and remaining in the current situation is very unlikely to change the disappointment you feel? Ask yourself – is the situation you are in, likely to change on its own? Ask yourself – if you continue to do the same things you are doing now, there is very little likelihood of any change for the positive. Ask yourself – so therefore what do you have to lose, changing?

1. The new situation is seen as a greater risk than the situation they are in presently.
Getting out of your comfort zone is all about taking chances. Some people think of them as risks. Taking that leap of faith is risky, and people will only take active steps toward the unknown if they genuinely believe – and perhaps more importantly, feel – that where they may be going can ONLY be better than the situation they are in now. Making changes is more about managing risk than the risk itself.

2. People are afraid to leave behind the connections they have to people they know in their current situation. But blind loyalty to people we know, can actually limit our ability to improve our situation. Getting to know the individuals involved, without rushing into something prematurely can help these situation a great deal.

3. Having to develop a plan, without the help of others who have been successful in the new role can be very stressful and uncomfortable. If you perceive yourself as a change agent, a dreamer, someone who uses the imagination to create new possibilities that do not currently exist; you would be a good risk taker. Explorers did what others would not do, they questioned what was common knowledge, but not everyone is that way. Perhaps setting up a small pilot program to start will help to determine how successful you may be.

4. People are afraid they don't have the 'experience' to change; even though this is a fear they won't admit. People are afraid to learn new skills that will help them change, therefore they become their own worst enemies. 99% of what people fear are probably not true.

5. Change can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed or overworked. Effective planning will lead to minimizing the feeling of being overwhelmed or overworked. Enlisting the help of others, and making them part of your success, can help not only get the jobs done that need to be accomplished, but lead to getting them done sooner.

6. People tend to be skeptical. Skeptism is good and can be a sounding board so you investigate all aspects of the changes you are deciding to implement. It can also help you sort out hidden problems

7. Try to see the proposed change as a positive and as a way to improve your situation rather than as a punishment for a lack of success.

8. Look at the upcoming change as an improvement in the quality of your life and potential improve your current situation.

9. Adopt the philosophy that the proposed changes will lead to a better outcome



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