Well, here’s your chance to take a closer look at yourself regarding the one thing that prevents your progress and growth: resisting change. At no time are your natural defenses more active than when you are being asked to change a perception or behavior. In fact, psychologists have identified numerous techniques you use to “protect” yourself from the dastardly “c” word. Here are a few that I see in professionals. Many of them are fears.
1. Fear of losing status: especially if you enjoy a certain reputation with the current way.
2. Discounting the value of the change: the effort won’t produce results that are worth the effort.
3. Fear of the unknown: unsure of all that could go wrong.
4. Resist to “protect” your co-workers: wrapping your resistance in an altruistic package.
5. Prove that the change is wrong or bad: holding out to demonstrate your superior judgment or the error of their ways.
6. Fear of failure: the initial incompetence you will experience is overwhelming.
While there are numerous others, you are likely a few favorites, depending on the situation. Remember, your self-protection is at stake, so the next time a change initiative comes your way, notice your natural resistance and get to it’s root. Don’t let your gremlins overtake you.
Read Related Blogs:
I’m involved in the selection process to hire an Executive Director for a licensing board. Following resume submittals, we distilled the candidates based on qualifications. There were several who are very qualified with education, experience and setting-familiarity....read more
You want your clients to look forward to seeing you and hearing from you. But you have to give them reasons. If you’re like most in your profession, you rely too heavily on your expertise and experience as the foundation of your relationships, thinking that both of...read more
Your comfort zone has been customized and perfected by you, for you. Your investment over time has produced a way of functioning that feels good, right and…well, comfortable. It works just fine…until it doesn’t, and you feel uncomfortable in your comfort zone. Fear...read more