Change makes everybody a little apprehensive, nervous, scared, whatever term you might want to use. Some people let it make them lose focus on everything else. Somehow folks got the impression that change equaled “BAD”. However, over the years I have learned not to make up my mind too quickly.
It’s like starting a new job. Everyone is not on their “A game” everyday. Additionally, some folks just don’t trust the new guy easily. Usually it takes a while to really get to know a person, and goes for both sides, you and them.
Another mistake is passing judgement too quickly on new things. When Windows first came out, I ignored it saying, “It’s just a passing phase.” Boy was I wrong! A couple of years later, I was way behind and had to catch up quickly. This made learning it so much more difficult.
Then came along cell phones and “Smart phones”. Some folks thought the phone was good enough and did not want to change. But as technology changed, they were forced to. These days, who would be anywhere without their smart phone?
Along come changes at work. The initial thought is “WHY??” But, again, change is not bad. Maybe a new leader, procedure, idea, job title, etc. is going to be “Great!”, but how will one know if it is not given a chance?
In all these examples, the “change” puts people out of their “COMFORT ZONE”. And we just do not like it. We are comfortable knowing everyone around us, knowing how to follow routine, knowing how to do what is needed, and, knowing how to use the tools provided.
Almost every time like throws me a new curve, it has been for the better! Look at getting out of your comfort zone as something new and exciting! Old routines can get to be, well, just boring. Take on new challenges willingly! Look at new situations, ideas, technology, ect., as a big adventure! Being nervously excited is part of the adventure. Take a deep breath, do it again, now move forward. That’s the first step.
-Joyce Guest, November 2nd, 2018