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Understanding Changes

Updated on October 5, 2013

Understanding changes and coping with them

Changes are bound to happen and we are bound to adapt, else we perish. As commonly well said: "Adapt or Perish". The world is ever-changing and so are technology, habits, mindsets etc.

It is true that people fear changes. In fact, it is human nature to not only fear but also resist changes. Whether changes are being brought by oneself, a family member, politicians and policy makers or by bosses, people have a tendency to look at them with a lot of concern. There are a lot of speculations which at times may lead to apprehensions, frustrations and even a lot of claims.

The main reason why changes produces fear is because they are associated with uncertainty. While everyone knows about the changes that will be brought about, it is often quite difficult to measure the implications on such changes. On top of that, all sorts of speculations that result do not really really help in accepting such changes easily. A change is most of the time planned, based on certain conditions prevailing at that time and these conditions “predict” what the change will result in. However, such conditions may themselves no longer exist when the change is implemented, thus changing the desired results.

Despite the fear they produce, changes need not necessarily be bad. In fact, changes are inevitable, whether good or bad. Yet, a good change for someone may be bad for someone else and vice versa. In all cases, what really matters is the way in which one copes with changes.

Examples of changes in life

Brought by oneself: Enrolling for a university course, taking a job, shifting jobs, leaving ones parents’ home, leaving ones country, getting engaged, getting married, becoming parent.

Brought by a family member: These include wedding of a family member, a family member leaving the house for a new one, a family member leaving the country, leaving the family business, entering politics, birth or death of a family member.

Changes in society by politicians and policy makers: Changing the tax system, imposing different types of taxes, providing social aids, changes in laws and regulations, appointment of ministers, bans on certain practices, giving permits and licences to certain types of businesses to be set up.

Brought by the bosses: Changes in the hierarchy, giving promotions, changing the wages and salaries structure, changing work conditions, changing management styles, innovations in products and customer service, new marketing strategies.

Coping with changes

As said earlier, what matters the most in changes is the way one copes with them. Let us see 5 ways that may help in coping with changes, though this list of methods and ways to cope with change is non-exhaustive.

1. Accept changes. Know that changes are inevitable. There is no point in resisting. The world is ever-changing and it is natural to adapt to it.

2. Face changes. Try to see how changes will influence your life. Look for ways to benefit from it rather than getting frustrated over the possible negative influences.

3. Get involved in making the change. As W. Lynett said, help in creating the change. This allows you to know more about it and helps you adapt more easily.

4. Communicate. Talk to other parties involved. Get clarifications and negotiate where possible. Express your fears if need be. This helps others involved to understand your fears better. This is how they will be able to help you in the process.

5. Be positive. Look at things from different perspectives. Positive thinking reduces stress and therefore increases efficiency and productivity.

6. Be objective in your analysis. Very often, we try to fall in the trap of those who speculate a lot and who, for no reason, cast a lot of doubts in people's mind. Very often, these people are pessimistic but are very talented in influencing others. Not letting yourself from being influenced by such people and try to have an objective analysis of the situation all by yourself.

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