“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow we aren’t really living.” – Gail Sheehy
A leader must be willing to change and grow for the better. This is the one of many important components of becoming successful. Too often, people are resilient to change. This is the case because change is hard. People find something that works and start to fall into the “That’s the way it’s always been” mentality. The following is a list of reasons why people resist change.
- Uncertainty (Fear) –People don’t want to fail or be looked at as a failure. The risk of changing brings on a fear that it might not work the way it was intended. Change brings uncertainty with regards to outcomes. There will be some drawbacks or discomforts along the way. We must work through them and progress or we never get better.
- Effort – In order to change you have to do more then you are currently doing which may be an overload to your current duties. A lot of people are already overworked and underpaid and are unable to commit to more work.
- Comfort – Change is different. People often don’t like different. Most are very happy with the way things are because they are known. The unknown is uncomfortable which causes people to be fearful of what may lie ahead.
- Control – Change may cause one to relinquish control. This is tough for somebody who has been in an authoritative role. Loss of control can also come in the form of oneself. One may lose their self-determination when faced with change
- Perception – With change may come judgment. How are people going to judge you? What will they say? The notion is that other people will talk about the change. Can you accept this judgment?
- Criticism – Do you take criticism well? With change, comes new ideas and thoughts as well as bumps in the road. Accepting these ideas can be difficult if accepting criticism is a challenge.
- Complacency – I know that the way I have been doing things works. Maybe not great but it works. I am not going to get paid more so why bother? If I don’t disrupt status quo then nobody will look into my work with a detailed eye. Some people like doing the same old thing. I have heard these comments over the years as it relates to complacency. For these people growth may never happen.
Part 2 of this series will look into creating change and how we begin the process.
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