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As humans, we usually get so attached to our traditional way of life that in the event where we are expected to change, we see it as something we can’t do. Take for example, the issue of smoking, there are many people who smokes and will want to quit smoking and it’s not that they can’t just stop themselves from smoking but the problem is they are so use to doing it that leaving it will look like they are giving up a very big part of their lives. So for an average person accepting to change his old way will take time and dedication especially from the change agent who is trying to change him. We have been able to come up with a few pointers on why people resist change. Here there are
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THE RISK INVOLVED IN CHANGE IS SEEN AS BEEN GREATER THAN THE RISK OF STANDING STILL BY THOSE TRYING TO CHANGE
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Making any kind of change in a person’s life requires a leap of faith from that person. People view change as moving towards a direction of the unknown on the hope for something better that is not guaranteed. Taking that step is risky and people will only take that step if they truly believe in the result of change. Which mean they must be convinced that the risk of standing still is greater than that of taking the step toward change. If you are trying to preach change to people be sure to use numbers, we are all educated people and we believe in facts and figures to make decisions in our lives.
PEOPLE HAVE NO ONE TO LOOK UP TO AS ROLE MODELS FOR THE CHANGE JOURNEY
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As human beings we learn through observational learning by looking at the people around us and doing close to exactly what we see them doing. When people hear about change part of the things they do is they try to find other people who have gone through similar journey and use their testimony as a major reason behind accepting the change atmosphere. People believe what they can see and are in agreement with the saying that states ‘Seeing is believing’. When people see that others have achieved the change they want, it changes their mind set from it cant be done to how can we do it.
PEOPLE FEEL SO CONNECTED TO THEIR OLD WAYS
Humans are very social, which makes us very connected to our old ways of doing things even if some time it leads to our own detriment. Been loyal to your believes and following your heart certainly helped our ancestors in protecting themselves from any kind of harm and most of the great visionaries of our time attained that level because they stood by their principles and not changed their minds. So with this at the back of our mind most people feel if they stood by their old believes it will lead them to more success in life, though they forget that the world is changing faster than ever and as that people need to change their ways as time goes.
PEOPLE FEAR THAT THEY LACK THE REQUIRED SKILLS TO CHANGE
Most at times change require us to kind of acquire some new skills or talent that we don’t possess and to learn one or two things that we don’t know. This makes people to fear that they lack the necessary skills for them to change and they view the process of learning such skills as hectic and stressful. A lot of people feel insecure about their competence and many times feel they can’t do something. The fact is that some of them may be right but in many cases most of them are just having unrealistic fear of something that is not true. For example a shy person trying to change into a social person might feel he/she can’t do it, especially when he sees someone that is very social and he socialize with people but in real sense that fear is unrealistic because come to think about it, the shy person has almost every feature the social person possess but that fake fear will always keep him feeling he can never be as social as the social person.
PEOPLE DON’T TRUST CHANGE AGENT
Judging by history, change agents could be motely sometimes. One can never fully trust a change agent. Looking back in time some of the greatest tragedies happen as a result of would be change agent who believe they know what is best for everyone. If you are on a journey to promote change among a group of people be rest assured that people will term you a scammer and some would even go as far as insulting you to your face.
So here are some of the reasons people resist change. We hope you enjoyed the article. Please share, comment and subscribe.