Every day we build mental shortcuts into our daily routine, we recognize patterns that allows us to preempt future occurrences of the same event. This is pretty much how “mental shortcuts” are created which makes life more convenient by allowing these tasks to cause no big concern. However while tasked with new challenges they often seem overwhelming to us because change effects our need for an “easy” life.
Change is costly. It involves the expenditure of several resources that most people claim to not have enough of – time, money and the effort to adapt to a new reality. So if an individual is acting rationally they should be resistant to change, the level of each individual varies based upon personal cost / benefit analysis. The greater the expected benefit to an individual, the more that individual will accept the proposed change. Obviously, the individual will be extremely resistant to change when the cost of doing so is greater than the perceived benefits.
Often irrational resistance to change is caused by the obstruction of self interest. This occurs more frequently in individuals that have gone long periods of time without having to adapt to change. When the process of adaption is less frequent the ability to do so becomes clouded. As a result the learning process itself will become more difficult magnifying the cost involved to learn new skills. The individual feeling overwhelmed will ultimately quit thus furthering the time they’ve gone without adaption. History will repeat it’s self until the individual either adapts or ultimately becomes “destroyed”.
Motivated individuals are, generally speaking, more accepting of change. They do not look at change the same way most do, they simply assume all variables are equal allowing them to adapt without much rational thought. Individuals of this sort often build mental shortcuts for their ability to learn and adapt. It’s part of their daily routine making them more efficient and less fearful of change.
Please note: Not all motivation is equal. Everyone’s is different but once you finally find yours, nothing will seem impossible.
Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO of NameHero, one of the fastest growing independent web hosts in the United States. Ryan has been working online since 1998 and has over two-decades experience in Internet Entrepreneurship.