Accepting Change

Change Is So Hard For People?

It can be broken down into two areas: to want, or not to want, and often depends on where our attention is most focused.

Most of the time we don’t want what we have. We don’t want our bosses breathing down our neck, hassles from other firefighters.

There are plenty of things we want, things we don’t or can’t have. That is one reason why advertising is so successful. They are selling things to us because they know we want it and they are trying to figure out how to make us put money down to buy it.

Want/Not Want creates a fear in us sometimes that creates frustration within us.

Change challenges our comfort zone. Change creates circumstances that can become very uncomfortable. We want the same behaviors and thoughts that we always have and so are comfortable with.  Yet we also want a different result.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.Change is something we all should readily accept and actively engage in the change process. Don’t wait until change is happening before you give your opinion about the proposed change.

Often the reason that we find change so difficult is because we want to change something, that we have never given enough disciplined and focused attention to, to understand why we have thought and behaved as we do.  So for instance, many firefighters want to change their organization. They understand change needs to occur but they want the change to effect everyone but them. Their is a relationship in every organization that makes each of us part of the brotherhood.

Change is not bad. Change is a fact of life. We get older. We get slower. We get smarter. That is all change. Embrace the future and accept that change is inevitable within our organization and individually.

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