In the stage of avoidance, you just don’t think about any changes taking place, even though it might be perfectly clear to other people around you. A perception (sometimes a firm belief) might prevail, that change only influence others, and that “I” have an obligations to change, is merely a huge misconception in their behalf. Or, you may briefly wish to change, but have no real intention nor any plans for sustaining such a change in future.
Quite often, in the avoidance stage, people tends to blames others for the changes taking place and the accompanied problems or “harmony disruptors“. In such cases, one tends to just plainly resists any changes and/or simply believes that you are helpless or powerless do anything about the change.
Avoidance can rear its ugly head at any time during a change project, because even “convinced” individuals may change their minds at any time. Especially when it seems that change obstacles are either to difficult to overcome or they believe that change efforts ain’t really worth it. Thus, avoidance may bring a smooth running change project to a grinding halt, at any time, even when everything was initially progressing quite well and “running” according to plan.