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Overcoming the Fear of Change

If there has been one constant in my career, it has been that most people fear change – and by most people I mean at least 99% of people have a moderate to extreme dislike or fear of change. Any change. Software and technology is no exception. In fact, as far as business is concerned, it probably rates up at the top of most people’s hate list. Ironically, change is one of the few constants in our lives. Our bodies change, our finances, family, responsibilities… our life is constantly in flux and with the speed of technology constantly increasing, learning software must become one of those changes that we embrace instead of fear.

Here are a few principles and suggestions to help you embrace the change and make the process more enjoyable:

  • Embrace the Change. Change is going to happen whether you want it to or not. Understanding that means that you now have two options: embrace or resist. The more you can approach the process with positivity, the easier the change will become.
  • Take Change in Stride. No one learns all the features of a new program in one setting. Even a simple program usually takes at least a few uses before all the pieces start to come together. Have realistic expectations about how much you can learn and retain so you’re maintaining your positive attitude toward the change.
  • Set Realistic Goals. For your first use, set a goal to learn a few key features, take some time to get used to them, and make a mental note to learn a few more in a week or two. Continue this cycle until you feel that you’ve harnessed most of the functionality of the program, or at least what you’ve needed. Know that you’re likely to continue learning more and more in the following months and/or years.
  • Get an Introduction. For most people, it helps to have someone introduce them to the software the first time around. This shortens the amount of time it takes to become acclimated and thereby improves the mental and emotional reaction to the change.

So in short, approach the change with a positive attitude, set realistic expectations and go easy on yourself. As always, we’re available to help with any transitions you may be facing – whether you’re a team of one learning a new app or a team of 100 migrating to a new software platform. Give us a call and let’s make your transition seamless!

One of the primary reasons that people fear change in technology so much is because they’ve had negative experiences in the past. Read this article for more information about how to avoid common technology pitfalls that perpetuate these fears.

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About the Author:

Christina has been a freelance consultant and trainer since 2010 and enjoys helping her client's grow and improve their businesses. When she's not working, she enjoys motorcycling with her husband through the Washington countryside, cooking and keeping the yard from turning into a jungle.
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