Always start with the answer! If what we are doing will not give us the desired answer then a change must be made in what we are doing.
When something isn't working... stress, frustration, anxiety or anger will inevitably appear. These symptoms are natures way of telling us we are going in the wrong direction and that change is required.
We must be willing to change or we are doomed to the same old results.
Why do we always do things that don't produce the desired results? If something doesn't provide you with a feeling of satisfaction and excellence, then why would you do it? All advances in humankind were because someone was willing change; to see things differently.
Small children aren't fearful of change. They see every new day as an opportunity to learn something new and grow. Growth requires change.
Our ability to learn is increased immensely when we are open to all sorts of possibilities. Basically, as I see it, there are two types of change:
- Actual or physical change. Examples: Change a flat tire, change your fee schedule, terminate an employee, start attending church.
- Psychological change. Examples: Change your mind, accepting the unacceptable.
Once you totally accept a situation, even if it is unacceptable, things can get better almost immediately. Initially, we may not see the support for change. Our brain bombards us with the "bad possibilities" that might occur if we make a change. Usually this bombardment closes off the potential conversion about the good things that might occur if we do make a change.
Fear gets in the way of our really knowing what adds meaning to our lives. Possibilities are effectively close off.
Who says change should be feared? Isn't it great to be around someone who is courageous, not worried or afraid? Change is exciting! It should be invited.
A willingness or desire to change is the missing ingredient in so many lives.
When we really consider it, usually the "supposed risk", is small when compare to the potential gain. When there is doubt about a particular situation ... focus on it intensely and keep doing it the way you have been. Only make a change when there is no doubt the change will be for the best.
In practice, consider a "change-a-week" program for you and your team.