Change. It instills fear into many. It is about new beginnings and experiences. Change is the ONLY thing consistent throughout our whole lives. So why are many people afraid of it? Here are a few reasons:
- For one, we are beings of habit. Breaking from our habits is tough and can make us feel uncomfortable. Humans, just like all natural phenomena’s in the world, always like to take the path of least resistance.
An example of this can be water, water will never go uphill, but will flow downhill every time with ease. Water flowing downhill is the path of least resistance. Water could flow uphill but that would require more effort such as using a pump.
The mental paths of habits are deep and straightforward, they require a minimal amount of energy to follow. Veering off that path takes more mental energy and dedication to program the Change of bad habits.
- Another reason people hate Change is because as we age, we become more resistant towards trying new things. We all hit a point where we feel that we can gage what we’re good at and what we’re not good at.
As we age, avoiding change helps reduce the feeling of defeat or embarrassment. People choose not to constantly challenge themselves, typically because of past experiences and the fear of looking foolish.
- One of the main reason people fear Change is due to the uncertainty of the future even though it is only temporary uncertainty.
Change has many initial questions when proposed and integrated such as: Will this be effective? How will others handle it? Could there be negative impacts? People always fear what they do not know and the results of change is not always a clear picture.
Change is the ONLY thing consistent in life and the outcomes are unknown. We must all gage the positive and negatives impacts. If the positives outweigh the negatives then it is beneficial. If the negative out weighs the positive, then it may be time to re-organize your plans.
Learn to embrace Change and continue growing. Change is the movement of water. The running water is always cleaner and healthier than the stagnant pond.