Change – How to Survive Tip 7

All change means a loss of some sort. Yet often we are exhorted by those implementing the change to embrace it, get on with it, stop resisting! Resistance is seen as negative and disloyal.

Yet a certain amount of natural resistance is entirely natural, possibly inevitable. None of us reacts the same way to change and if we’ve had a lot of personal change, this may just be a step too far.

So my advice is, recognise what loss the change means to you and honour and acknowledge it. If it’s loss of colleagues, make sure you have a proper farewell. Ditto with a change of environment. This may be a communal activity like an office party or it may be something private, like a simple ritual of your own.

Whatever you choose to do, mark the change from one state to another in some way. It helps!

What sorts of things do you do to mark changes in your life?

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Posted on July 29th, 2010 by

4 Responses to “Change – How to Survive Tip 7”

  1. Kath says:

    Change is difficult for all of us because it takes us away from the comfortable, secure and familiar. I’ve changed the way i view change, she’s my friend and I look for the upside in everything because it helps when I need to let go of the old.After all how would anything new come into our lives if we hold on too tightly to the old.

  2. Right. Change is in fact exchange. You give up something for something better. And sometimes the fact that we need to give up something good or something we are used to makes us hold back.

    • Jane says:

      I agree to an extent. I work often with staff in organisations who are being forced to give up something and can’t quite see what the ‘something better’ may be, particularly in these difficult economic times. Change that is imposed on us is always more difficult and can sometimes be the final straw! Depends what other stresses people are coping with in their lives… Jane

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