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Resistance To Change Is Futile


March is the month that brings the winds of change. One day the weather can be brilliant and within hours temperatures can plummet. It’s a month of ups and downs weather-wise. And there’s not a darn thing any of us humans can do about it. We just dress for it, brace ourselves and go about our business.

It’s too bad that when the winds of change blow in our personal or professional lives we don’t have the same attitude.

Our human resistance to change rears its head pretty quickly. That’s why it helps to be aware of the reasons we do resist change. It will help to understand and allow change to occur with the least amount of disruption.

It might be helpful to arm yourself with this quote from the brilliant Stephen Hawking. “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” So whether change is self-imposed or imposed in the workplace or other environment, your ability to adapt smoothly will work in your favor.

There appears to be five universal reasons why most people are resistant to change. They are:

(1) Fear of the unknown

(2) Mistrust

(3) Loss of Control (Job security)

(4) Bad Timing

(5) Individual Predisposition to Change

Keep in mind that just like you have no control over the weather, you also have no control over change that occurs all around you. However, if you are in a leadership position, you can help others adapt to change with fewer issues by being aware of the reasons people resist change. Recognize that people will want to dig their heels in and help them change their minds about change. After all, in the immortal words of George Bernard Shaw, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

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