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.
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