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Reflection on Resistance to Change

July 29th, 2008

resist-change.jpgThis article by Angela Baca explores some of the reasons that people resist change and suggests ways to overcome this resistance and become more adaptable when necessary. I have noticed the ability to adapt to change is one of the most important attributes for a webmaster to have, especially if he or she is not simply blogging for pleasure or rambling purposes but is actually trying to make a living at it. Fortunately, technophobia has not been much of a problem here at Karlonia, although adapting to the constantly changing Internet trends and search engine algorithms is becoming tiresome.

Here is a good axiom to live by — if a situation doesn’t change, then change your situation. This axiom sounds great. Can you put it to good use?

The tendency to resist change is evident in the human experience. Call it animal instinct if you like. It is just like the puppy who returns home for his owner to feed him. Some personalities resist change more than others. How has your capacity for adapting to change affected your opportunities and your happiness?

At an interview, an administrator remarked that he had interviewed a highly qualified candidate with excellent recommendations, but he decided not to hire him because he was too rigid. The organization needed someone who was flexible.

When you ponder how you handle change, consider this combination of thoughts and quotes. You might stumble upon a new thought process. You might just wake up out of a slump.

Professor Irwin Corey remarked, “If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.” That is the worst that can happen. You don’t adapt, and you end up where you were supposed to go. For many people, that is not a bad outcome. It is simply a predictable result they can live with as creatures of habit.

The path toward self-awareness is a long and slow road. Choose this path because exploring and understanding your inner being gives you deeper meaning. If you are struck by the philosophy of so much existential nonsense, it is because the author identifies with the human experience of waking up out of a funk. You may identify with the feeling that your family and professional responsibilities box you into a rut. Remember, resistance to change is something that you make a conscious choice to do. When you woke up this morning, what decision did you make that brought you meaning? Did you live in the present moment?

For most people in the present era, these questions are saved for reflective times. If we had more reflection, we might appreciate what we had. We might experience less stress about the ability to afford our life. Did you ever wake up and want to get yourself out of the rat race? It takes courage and persistence.

Sir Winston Churchill said, “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” If that is you, you are guilty of sticking to your own thought processes. Call it individuality. If you can live with it, you aren’t really hurting anyone. However, if you dare to think something new, you might find a new course. The new direction in your life brings a different dimension of personal meaning.

Resisting change is natural. While you may view yourself as adaptable, some areas of your life may scream “habit.” Increase your self-awareness by acknowledging that everyone resists change. The balanced person is both resistant and flexible. What other people seek to find in you is only something you can realize in yourself. If you don’t want to be what other people seek, choosing instead to cling to your individuality, be at peace. You can adapt when necessary and cling to habit when it suits you.

The flip side of resistance is stubbornness. Being rigid or stubborn is a quality that is not as widely appreciated, but it is important. For example, if you are a civil servant and a constituent attempts to bribe you, stubbornly adhering to your personal ethics would be a very good thing.

When you make decisions, make them for the right reasons. Don’t let others affect how you pilot your own ship. If you crave continuity, embrace it. If you desire a change, then make it happen. You are the one with the power to define each day. Free will is both formidable and liberating. It is all up to you.

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