Positive Change – How Humans Respond to It (Part III)

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Human Response to Positive Change: Know where you are on a curve. Learn how to cope with negative change and become more resilient.

This article is part of our Change & Transformation blog series. In the previous blog article, we talked about what counter actions can be applied in case possibly negative-perceived and threatening change is faced by yourself to help you move forward easier and smoother or to help others through their transition. 

It is essential to acknowledge that progress can only occur through change. When going through a transition, it is crucial to show kindness towards oneself and others. Instead of hastily trying to solve issues, it is better to promote introspection and independent problem-solving. This article will delve into countermeasures that can aid in fostering positive change. This is particularly significant since individuals may resist such change, mainly when it entails personal growth and development opportunities.

Positive Change: Support is needed to thrive and to influence for positive outcomes

When we experience a positive change in our life, career, or business, it offers an excellent opportunity for growth and development. However, as humans, we may undermine our aspirations, belittle our skills and capabilities, and succumb to self-doubt due to the fear of the unknown and being out of our comfort zone. These negative thoughts and self-doubts can lead us to withdraw from the opportunity for growth. Please take a look at the example of someone promoted to a new role with leadership responsibilities.

Sounds abstract? 

Let’s talk it through using an example: Imagine an individual receiving their first promotion to a leadership role. In this scenario, let’s explore how they can cope with the transition and take proactive steps to achieve a positive outcome.

  1. They start with an UNINFORMED OPTIMISM shortly after announcing the promotionSo you congratulate!
  2. Then UNINFORMED PESSIMISM starts creeping in (fear of the unknown): Legitimize these feelings as there is a real danger of withdrawal!! You can say: “It is natural that you become afraid of something ahead of you, and it is unknown. It will pass as you go through the process of change.”
  3. Once this obstacle is overcome, HOPEFUL REALISM kicks in: Acknowledge and continue to build confidence. “You will make it. It will all be fine.”
  4. … soon after, INFORMED OPTIMISM is rising: Reiterate acknowledgement as “following through” is essential. “I am happy for you. Go for it. You will be great in this new role.”
  5. … until the CHANGE IS MADE HAPPEN and transition in new role took place: Tap shoulders & reward.

Positive Change: Progress is impossible without change

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

These are the key takeaways for you:

  • People can withdraw themselves even from positive change – especially if these are growth & personal development opportunities.
  • Know the positive Change Curve! Know the negative Change Curve! Identify the phase and the needs – and know how to support them!
  • If you feel stuck in your change transition, coaching can help you reflect and make the change happen!
  • If you help others in their change process: Know how to build trust, clarity and confidence! This is key if you want to support the transition. 
  • Our Online Coaching Programs are designed to help you. They coach you through change and enable you to build the communication and coaching skills, resilience, influence and mindset you need to thrive and prosper in this ever-changing world!
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