Originally I was going to blog about Googling Yourself....but had a change of heart one night laying in bed. Lately, I have noticed that the majority of people I encounter are afraid of change. I'll even admit that a little bit of change throws off my day. Change for some people can be scary and sometimes intimidating, but change for an organization is usually considered a good thing. So what happens when people within the organization are afraid or intimidated by changes for the organization? Most of the time, because of the fear of change, NOTHING happens. Have you noticed that? I know I have and I am a "mere college student". Ok so maybe I am a little bitter. Either way too much or too little of change can harm or benefit an organization, but right now, I'm more of a positive person, so I will think that change is a good thing - especially when nothing has been changed for 15+ years. People fear change because they are unsure of the future outcome and how they percieve the change (good or bad) (about.com article).

Change is hard for people that have been in a mode for x amount of years. Something new comes along and BAM! it is instant chaos. You have people worrying about losing their jobs, worrying about their behavior/performance, worrying about what this change could do to their rank within, fear of rejection or humiliation etc. There are numerous things I think people fear change. Change can litterally throw you for a loop if you not prepared for it. So now what happens when you are thrown for that loop and chaos insues? You are given choices. A choice to accept the changes and have faith in your performance and the outcome, or a choice to deny the changes (and denial never does a body good). If you are in fear of losing your job or your rank, then think about that. Perhaps that fear is telling you that maybe you are doing something wrong. Change causes people to rethink they're actions and behavior on the spot.

So I am having a problem thinking about summing it all up, so I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from R.W. Emerson:

"It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
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