Our Natural Resistance to Change

Our Natural Resistance to Change

It’s a simple fact that we want the things in our lives to remain familiar and stable. We strive to create routine in our lives, and make our world as predictable as possible. Routine and predictability make us feel safe, secure and in control.

Because of our desire for predictability, we can often be resistant to change. The status quo feels more comfortable and we’re reluctant to stretch ourselves, try new things and take risks.

Oddly, even though we're so adverse to change, we're constantly in a state of change. Our bodies are changing, technology forces us to change, the people around us are changing, and our life circumstances are constantly changing.

Even the most courageous among us can feel some hesitancy at embracing a new identity or accepting a new challenge in our lives, especially if we’re uncertain of how well we’ll survive or successfully navigate the change. After all, no one wants to fail.

Next time you’re faced with change, notice and acknowledge your resistance, and accept that it’s a normal reaction - and that will help you to better manage it.


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