Six Ways to Overcome Resistance to Change

Let’s be honest, we probably require a lot more than six ways to overcome our resistance to change in order to cover the waterfront. Each of us talks about wanting to change the world. However, in reality our greatest challenge lies in changing ourselves.

One of mankind’s greatest contradictions is that the majority of us are seeking changes in our lives, both professionally and personally. Yet, we fiercely resist change when it does occur. The first step to overcome resistance to change is to change our perspective.

Resistance to Change

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

As the chart above reflects, when faced with the reality of change, we go through a number of stages of resistance, until acceptance occurs. How can we more readily move from stability to acceptance, with less resistance to change? Here are six ways you can overcome resistance to change:

  1. Accept the reality that change is an integral part of life.
  2. Eliminate the fear of the unknown; get out of your comfort zone.
  3. View change as an opportunity for both innovation and growth.
  4. Be proactive by supporting and leading change initiatives.
  5. Shift the focus to your “one thing” in each of the ‘5F’ areas.
  6. Establish SMART change goals, and be accountable for results.

With growth comes change and the best ways to deal with change on any level are to embrace it, create it, share it and lead it. Change is the only constant in life, so don’t waste your valuable time pushing against it. Instead, change your perspective and in turn, begin to enjoy the benefits of your new and improved situation.

Now, what is your “one thing”? For purposes of the article, it’s the one thing you would change or need to accomplish in each of the 5F areas – faith, family, finances, fitness and fun to meet your goals. The direct result of doing so will help you overcome any resistance to change by shifting the focus to results – accomplishing the goal(s). Identify your one thing in each of the 5F areas, and make it a top priority for 2021.

“Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.” – Jack Buck

As we all know, there are no absolutes in life, only opportunities. It is up to each of us to seize the day and make the best of whatever comes our way. In doing so, stay uncomfortable, because if you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not growing.

Enjoy the journey!


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