There is one constant in life and that is that nothing is ever constant. That is right! This post is about good old change.
There seems to be more and more resistance to change lately. I have my own issues with it though I am working on it. What is becoming more and more obvious is that this resistance seems to be growing. Or maybe since I am working on my resistance I am noticing it more in others. The part of the resistance that I find fascinating is when people resist changes to things that are out of date or do not work.
Wondering what I mean? Here is a perfect example. The position that I am currently in I held four years ago. During that time period I had created tracking forms and training for the job. When returning after four years I discovered that nothing was ever updated. The tracking forms where woefully out of date. They had sections for things that no longer existed and missing all the new items needed. I created new tracking forms. You know, up to date ones that actually work. Shocking I know! The reaction of my most of my team to the updates was one of horrified. Several on the team actually stated that they wanted to keep using the old forms. They had no interest in using ones that actually pertained to the job now.
Here is my issue with this reaction to this type of attitude. Change happens. Every single second we are changing on a cellular level and beyond. We grow with each breath we take and second we are alive. Fight it all you want, but you are changing as you read this. The way I see it much of the destructive behavior in our life comes from fighting change. Think about that for a minute. Look at the news or history and I think you will see what I am talking about. I am not stating that change is easy to accept, but learning acceptance will make life easier. Of course there are emotions that we go through with what can be considered negative change, but acceptance allows us to work through those emotions. Without acceptance we fight change with all that we are and it still occurs.
My lesson in the above situation at work is I can’t make others accept change. I also learned that keeping my updates to myself and one or two team mates makes my life so much easier. Being helpful and sharing was a nightmare that lasted for a two-week period with many email chains. Unless asked it will never happen again.