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Stability and Change: A Balancing Act

The Doe Team

by The Doe Team

| November 16, 2021

How to balance change and stability to support personal growth without getting trapped in the echo chamber.

We’re constantly balancing the craving for the familiar with the need to experiment and grow. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls of seeking stability, and see how you can create a stable environment to support growth without getting trapped in an echo chamber.

Change is essential for growth. But we all resist change to a certain degree, even if it’s for the better. We gravitate toward the tried and true because we want to maintain a certain level of control over our environment.

How can we balance the craving for the familiar with the need to experiment and grow? How can we open up possibilities without feeling uprooted? How can we find stability without clinging to the social media echo chamber?

We must understand our core personality traits, potential prejudices and internal motivations to navigate fear and uncertainty as we seek change and grow.

Maintaining stability is a dynamic act. We need to get to the core of our values and beliefs so we can change and adapt to stay true to them as the world shifts.

That’s why we created the Doe Prints personality assessment to help you understand your defining values: closeness, stability, curiosity, goodwill and openness. These values are the foundation of who you are, but they can also become the walls of your personal echo chamber if you aren’t aware of their influence on your thoughts and behaviors.

In this article, we’ll explore the second value, stability, and how to tap into it to support growth.

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The Doe Prints Personality Quiz: Stability

Stability is the state of being consistent in your beliefs and behaviors. It's the desire to maintain order and predictability in life.

Those who have a high stability score in our personality assessment favor the sensible and the tried and tested. They seek equivalence in the physical world when dealing with concepts and ideas.

Their actions are more predictable, which can make others around them feel safe and secure. They can be the voice of comfort and reason in an insecure or unstable environment.

They tend to be emotionally steady and resilient. They manage stress well and are less prone to sadness, mood swings, depression or anxiety.

Their trust in tried-and-true solutions reduces the cognitive load in their decision-making process, so they're less likely to struggle with indecisiveness.

Potential Pitfalls of Seeking Stability

Those with a higher need for stability may become too attached to the sense of order and routine to break out of their comfort zone.

They may become too attached to the people and places of their past to make progress. They may hang on to old ideas and concepts that are no longer valid.

They may cling on to an echo chamber that reinforces their beliefs and worldview. The echo chamber may block them from receiving new information, learning from experimentation and exploring new opportunities.

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How to Find Stability Without the Echo Chamber

People often get trapped in the social media echo chamber when they seek stability. But it’s simply a crutch.

Surrounding themselves only with people who have the same worldview shields them from alternative perspectives that could destabilize their environment.

This is like an ostrich sticking its neck in the sand. The world around them still exists, but they’re refusing to accept reality as it is.

To break out of your echo chamber, you must be able to embrace change while feeling safe. Get clear on what makes you feel secure, and create a stable environment in which you can experiment.

The need for stability sometimes stems from low self-esteem or issues with your identity, leading to a sense of insecurity when you face challenges. Build your confidence so you can take the right actions without looking for validation or fearing what others might think.

Meanwhile, cultivate your sense of curiosity. Embrace the world around you by tapping into other people's stories and experiences for inspiration. This can broaden your worldview and open up possibilities.

Building self-awareness with our personality assessment and getting inspiration from anonymous narratives can help you create a stable foundation while sparking meaningful changes in your life that'll support your growth.

Change and stability are two sides of the same coin. Without change, we become stagnant. Without stability, we can lose our point of reference. 

What’s your strategy for balancing them to support your growth and find your place in the world?

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