Why do we resist change?

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, had been quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.”

Aren’t you glad for change?

Consider that Heraclitus is from the 6th century, change is nothing new. Admittedly, it is happening at an increasing pace. Technologies, ideas, theories are continually evolving.

If change is unavoidable, what’s the point of worrying over it?

Obviously, how we feel about change depends on the circumstances. In our work lives a healthy attitude toward the idea of change is important if we want to grow professionally.  If fear of change is hindering us from doing this, we can work hard to change our perception. 

Change itself is not the problem but rather how we perceive it. Perceptions, when not challenged, lead to beliefs, and beliefs lead to behaviors which directly influence our results.  Embrace change as the opportunity of transformation.  Here is how:     

  1. Recognize that change is constant.
  2. Become good at asking questions – the more you know, the better equipped you will be for new growth.
  3. Maintain a positive perception so to gain positive results.

The workplace will continue to change.  In fact, it will evolve at an even faster rate moving forward.  Preferring to keep things “as is” might feel comfortable but disruption is inevitable, and no business is immune. Afterall, progress is rarely made without change.  

Keep perspective, harness the learning experience, and see the many possibilities on the horizon.