Why We Resist Change

Let’s face it, change is hard.  Sometimes, it is seems nearly impossible.  Yet with all of this in mind, we know that in today’s world of disruptive, 24/7 change, responding well to this change is critical to our success.  Like it or not, change is a big part of life and in these times of constant change, things are changing as fast as they ever have.

As you struggle with your leadership teams, employees, donors, or just with yourself to try to shift your thinking regarding change, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of the reasons people work so hard to resist change.

Here are the 4 main reason that people resist change:


Change can seem like an unfair imposition on their territory.  The fact is that people want to control their own turf.  They need to exert control over their immediate surroundings, and want to feel like they have a say in their own future.  Like it or not, human beings are territorial and we want some sense of power over it.

Misunderstanding or a Lack of Trust

When people don’t understand something, they will naturally resist it.  Just because you see why you need to change, it doesn’t mean that they will.  You must realize that you have knowledge that they do not.  You need to make sure that you are helping them understand all the issues and options.

Differing Ways of Assessing Things

People have opinions.  They may see that the cost as being greater than the benefits.  As a supervisor, you might not think much of where the break room is located.  But as a secretary, it could be very important.  That’s just a small example of how different issues and policies mean different things to different people.  Remember, everyone sees things from a different perspective.

People Lack Confidence in the Decision-Making Process

Sometimes people don’t believe all the relevant information has been included in the process, or they don’t trust the person in charge of implementing the change.  If they are not confident that the cost is worth it, they will fight against it.  The key here is to be sure they are aware or involved in the process.

Knowing WHY they are fighting change is half the battle.    Most people struggle with change, so you need to figure out why they are uncomfortable.  When that happens, you can focus on what really matters, which is becoming the person or organization that you were meant to be.

Try to figure out which of these applies to you and figure out how to overcome it.  If you can do that, you will be well on your way to being transformed to accept change.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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