We are wrapping up our blog series on Change this week. We have spent a considerable amount of time throughout the weeks on the “fight” aspect of the response to change. In conclusion of this series, we are going to take a look at the other side of this, the “flight” aspect, specifically checking out emotionally.
Checking out emotionally is disengaging and disconnecting from the perceived conflict that comes with change.
Typically those that have “checked out” are unresponsive, challenged to focus on what is relevant, and are not listening to what is being said. They are not fully aware of what is happening around them. Therefore, their quality, efficiency and effectiveness are no longer in use.
A “flight” response doesn’t have to be apparent or visible to be destructive. Just because you are not outwardly against the change does not mean you are not causing damage. In fact, you could possibly be causing irreparable damage.
Checking out emotionally almost always leads to lack of effort, or at least the appearance of it. The midst of change is probably not the best time to risk appearances in this regard.
The bottom line is this…. If you are worried about getting left behind, don’t leave! Take the ride. Conquer your fear by standing in the change. You might be surprised by the results.
“Courage is about learning how to function despite the fear, to put aside your instincts to run or give in completely to the anger born from fear…”― Jim Butcher