A common example of fear of change is when a person stays in an unfulfilling situation. The fear of change is one of the most common fears that people face. Fear of change is subtle. It operates under the radar convincing you that it’s there to protect you and keep you safe. In reality, fear is one of the most common reasons for resistance to change because it stops you taking any action at all. If your reason for saying no to anything new is “I’ve never done it before,” you fear change. Trying something new or different, adjusting your goals or even your destination are all changes but sometimes these fears lead us to ignore that we don’t like our current job, but we don’t look for a new one or confront our bosses. You get a great job offer through a friend, but you don’t take it because you’ve “been with this company for 6 years.” You see a cheaper brand of cereal at the store, but you don’t buy it because “it might not be as good.” You always order the same thing at a restaurant, even though other menu items sound good.
Personally, I have always loved change. I find it exhilarating, there is something about the unknown that keeps it exciting. I plan for change; I love organized change. I invite change into my life rather than hide from it and sometimes I force change to occur when life or career get stagnant. Change is what keeps my skills developing, keeps me from being bored and complacent and it makes me an excellent leader, manager, employee and adaptable when I was running my own business or someone else’s.
I have accepted fear as a part of life – specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.
Fear of change is a part of the state of fear man has ever lived in but out of which he has begun to escape. Civilization might be defined indeed as the steps in his escape.
Elsie Clews Parsons
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale
One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.