Change is necessary if organizations want to continue to improve and grow, but change instantly raising resistance from some people. Change requires a certain amount of faith. Faith is much easier to believe, and even to preach, than it ever is to live by.
In my experience, there are at least 4 major reasons why change is difficult. Understanding them and identifying with the resistance of change can assist leaders in helping other team members adjust to change.
The four reasons are:
It’s unknown –One of life’s greatest fears is the unknown. It causes us to resist those things for which we cannot easily discern an outcome.
It’s challenging – Change stretches us out of our comfort zone. Some of us like to be stretched more than other people do.
It’s uncertain – When we change, we are often introducing untested waters. We prefer certainty.
It’s unpopular – The resistance to change is universal. Change invites animosity and tension.
What changes have you been avoiding that you need to make?
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