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Resistance to change and to innovation

The courage to talk when you have a new idea or the courage to speak when you hear something that makes no sense, seems to be a usual thing, but if you look well, exposing us to the confrontation of opinions and to hypothetically ridiculous are moments that we frequently avoid.

This so-called lack of courage that we feel on many occasions is no more than a reaction to the discomfort that change brings, without any benefit to us.

To have new ideas and introduces them to an adjuster public is a risk that we are not always willing to assume.

We and our peers were subject to a formal education that has always given great importance to find correct answers to problems more or less specific. It is indeed that the privileged training in order to be employees in the companies that eventually can hire us and where we will discover comfort zones with ease.

People generally have a comfort zone that is where they feel happy. There are areas where things seem familiar and certain, the events are predictable and controllable, where there are no threats and consequently there is no need to change anything.

But, as we have evolved in the decision-making chain, the answers are not as easy or as fast as those required to perform certain routine tasks.

For example, the business issues are more ambiguous, complex and subject to a dynamic that is not inclusive of with a list of things to do, and can provoke a change for which we are not prepared!

In these circumstances, when faced with change and pushed for a decision, we run the risk of going into panic zones and all our comfort is called into question abruptly, causing concern, irritation, fear, resistance or inadequacy. Those are sudden changes that need support to not cause the personal and organizational break.

But is there anything wrong with comfort?

Of course not! Comfort is a nice area to relax, find meanings, deepen reasons, but almost sits there too long, you lose the value of the journey and ends up in a vacuum.

So, how to avoid panic zones?

The best way to not suffer serious injuries with change is learning to live with some comfort in the discomfort areas.

The discomfort zone is a place that lies on the borders of our comfort, but not far from it. It is the zone where begins the possibility of dreaming, where one can take root and grow doing exercise.

To challenge the discomfort requires the practice of regular exercise and the more we do, the more this becomes friendly and greater is the trust that we have to overcome these challenges. When we increase confidence we are lowering resistance to change and to the unknown and this allows us to face the fear of the areas of discomfort, often represented by only one of two things, success or failure.

Actively learn from our mistakes and learn not to know, i.e. unlearn some formal education guidelines that we had and which leads us by the way of quick and limited answers, puts us more comfortable in the areas of discomfort and fear of the unknown.

To feel comfort with the areas of discomfort we need to practice flexibility, movement, spontaneity and changing routines or create creative habits.

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”M. Scott Peck

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