How to Welcome Change Using Scientific Methods
The only constant thing in the world is the word ‘change’. How ironic!
For people who gained wisdom over the years, change is a welcome event. Change can make people happy; it can make them sad but better people in the end. It can take them out of their comfort zones and make them take risks that could make then wiser in the end.
Although change could bring about good things in their lives, most people shun it. Change brings about uncertainty and the absence of familiarity. Whether in business or personal lives, change should be welcomed with open arms and not viewed as a threat.
According to science, it is perfectly normal for an individual to resist change. However, some people are overwhelmed by change. The good news is this: if the person is having emotional difficulty in coping up with the transformation in his life, science could actually help.
Psychologically speaking, a person’s personality affects the way he responds to change. Here are five types of outlooks in life:
1. Surviving — people classified under this personality could not handle complex jobs. They thrive in uniformity and stability. When change occurs, they respond with fear or paralysis. They are the types that could damage the workplace in desperation.
2. Learning — these people thrive through the existence of rules and they religiously abide by them. They demand that all would do likewise. They could handle tough jobs but would demand their subordinates to follow. When these people experience change, they are highly disoriented and thrown off balance.
3. Competing — as the term suggests, people classified under this type of outlook love to compete. Life for them is an ongoing quest for money, career, or fame. These people welcome change but want something in exchange.
4. Relating — cooperative people fall under this category. They love to work with teams and recognize the fact that no man is an island. The good thing with them is that, they initiate change.
5. Teaching — these people view life in its deepest sense. They are the ones who are in touch with their spiritual sides, relate well with people, and love change. Change for them should be on a more personal level, where self-improvement and the improvement of everyone in the team is the main area of focus.
It really helps to know where you belong in the personality category. According to the book authored by Richard O. Mason and Alan J. Rowe. “The Coping Strategies”, there are scientific ways to cope up with change:
1. Analytical — you approach change by asking for time to think, gathering information, analyzing this information, and eventually, drawing conclusion. Assure yourself that there is stability even in change (for example, even if there is change in the company structure, the company values will remain).
2. Conceptual — you need to define what needs to be changed and how this becomes a part of the bigger picture.
3. Behavioral — you gather everyone’s opinion regarding the upcoming change. You recognize that people should cooperate to cope with it. To avoid crisis, everyone has to be ‘okay’ with the adjustments.
4. Directive — you gather the specifics on how change can affect your life. You set up means to bring about change.
When all else fails and these scientific methods of approaching change don’t work, go back to yourself. Humans are inherently capable of dealing and adapting with change. Sometimes, all you need to do is reach within yourself and you will know exactly what to do.