The Only Way to Make Sense of Change

Habitual resistance: the automatic avoidance of change, new thinking or evolution.

  • “This tastes nothing like my mama’s spaghetti and meatballs.”
  •  “The new guy has no idea how it really works around here.”
  • “I hate the iOS 7 redesign.”  (pssst, Try these 21 iOS 7 tips and tricks)
  • “We tried something similar and it didn’t work.”
  • “iPads don’t belong in the classroom.”
  • “Ugh. The new fashion trends are atrocious.”
  • “Bike to work?? Never!”

We’ve all heard it. We all get caught in it.

The counter to habitual resistance is an open mind. And thankfully there are so many interesting and easy ways to build the open mind muscle:

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Read.
  • Play Madlibs.
  • Modify a recipe.
  • Learn to code.
  • Visit an art museum.
  • Watch a Ted Talk.
  • Do something scary.

With an open mind, change isn’t so dreadful. It’s an invigorating adventure.

Marta Steele is a Partner at PeopleResults. Connect with her on Twitter @MartaSteele or through email at