One thing in life is certain---change. Things never stay same. If you are hoping for status quo, then Iím afraid you will be disappointed. Just think back to how things were five years ago and you will realize that there is so very much thatís already different in a very short time.
Iím sure there are some of you who know people who refused to adapt to computer age. I still know some ďold timersĒ who want to use word processors or even typewriters instead! Imagine. What is up with that?
Well, when change comes we have several options, some of which are more adaptive than others. Letís take a look at them.
The first option is to refuse to change or adapt to any new circumstances, just like person who still uses a word processor. These are generally people who are afraid of change. I also think that underlying that fear is fear of being inadequate. When change requires new learning, as it often does, some people donít think they will be able to master new skills so it is easier to simply renounce changes than adapt. The problem is that these are people who are left in dust.
The second possibility is slow starter. These people usually start out in one of first two mentioned roles---either refusing to change or anxiously running around trying to figure out what to do about it. They do not like change any more than next person and they resist and resist until one day, they realize that change may actually bring benefits. Once they see that there is a payoff for them, they fairly easily do necessary things to adapt to change.
A third possibility is what we see in over anxious people in our midst. You know who they are. They are ones who are always making mountains out of molehills and have a nervous energy about them whenever confronted with a novel situation. They imagine all possible scenarios about what could occur and seem to just go around in circles. They donít adapt to change; they just worry themselves sick over it.
The final and most rewarding possibility are people who understand that change is a part of everything. When we stop evolving, we start eroding. These people welcome change, in fact, they frequently generate it. They realize that change is what makes things happen. Change propels us forward. These people are quick to make necessary adaptations and suffer least from inevitable.