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Fear of Change Sabotaging Your Future Success?

By James V. Anderson, DMD, Founder and CEO of eAssist Dental Solutions

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.”
Chinese proverb

In a recent Harvard Business Review article entitled, “Stop Using the Excuse Organizational Change is Hard” (by Nick Tasler), the author suggests that “Change is hard in the same way that it’s hard to finish a marathon. Yes, it requires significant effort. But the fact that it requires effort doesn’t negate the fact that most people who commit to a change initiative will eventually succeed.” 

I believe that wholeheartedly. Most of us are biased AGAINST beingable to succeed at change. The author of the article suggests and then supports this conclusion with University studies. Whenever we say, “change is hard”, we continue to promote the idea that if we succeed at change, it must be a rare exception.

Nick continues, “The good news is that we can address this problem simply by flipping the script.” He cites another University study suggesting that if we prime those who we are expecting change with, most change efforts (like learning how to walk, ride a bike, social skills, etc.) are successful and we can eliminate the negative bias towards change.

Most change efforts are successful! We have all been adapting to new environments and learning new skills since the day we were born.Change is the rule of human existence – not....

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