This (very) brief excerpt from my upcoming book, Beyond the Goal: Discover the Hidden Driver of Enduring Success, seems appropriate to help our group members cope with all the change that's taking place around us right now, and to remember that lasting change is not a solitary process.
Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.
-- Samuel Johnson
The eighteenth-century English poet offers a sage reminder that although you may be ready for change because you’ve had many hours and days, or perhaps even years, to brace yourself for it, your employees, or co-workers, or family members, or life partner may need some time to also adjust themselves psychologically to what you’ve suddenly informed them is coming down the pipeline.
Why are people so resistant to change? In truth it’s not change they are so resistant to as much as “being changed.” Think about it: If you agree with Shakespeare, who wrote that “There is no reality; only perception,” then you agree that each person’s perception creates their reality. The world is lived, then, in the mind. The mind creates associations (e.g. “Longer hours are the key to success” or “Our product line is the best out there and assures the comfortable life I am living.”) that become entrenched and hard-wired over time.
To let go of these long-established mental patterns requires immense courage. If you don’t help the people you lead to find this courage within by leading in a way that increases their sense of security with you and with the company or organization, then your team members will act not with an abundance-mentality of what could be, but out of a scarcity-mentality that centers around their fear of losing what they have.
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