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Some things occur regularly around change. One is that there will be pressure to keep things the way they are. When people make a change, whether in their personal or work life, others will question and sometimes challenge that change. This behavior is normal and it should be expected. People naturally feel more comfortable when things remain the same.
Those who really want change are often impatient for it to begin and continue. They need to remember, though, that planned change based on a goal is usually lasting change. Some people will reduce the risks involved in major change by taking time to consult professionals for information, to determine the financial costs and benefits of alternatives, and to discuss alternatives with others whose time and money will be affected. Others will resist change less if they have participated in the change decision.
Disagreement and conflict are a normal part of change. Care needs to be taken, though, that the communication around the disagreements is handled in a respectful manner. The disagreement needs to remain focused on the issue and not become a personal attack. Disagreement can create growth if handled constructively; prolonged, unresolved conflict can be energy draining and destructive.
Change is often a process of three steps forward and one backward. Writing down agreed-upon decisions or working with concrete written costs can reduce misunderstandings, if one is working with financial decisions or alternatives involving money.
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