Making Changes

You must lead the change

You must be a change agent. You must sell the change. People around you are happy with the way things are. They don’t see the need to go to all that trouble of making changes. It is up to you to sell them on the idea; to show them how to do it, to help them replace the old ways and to keep them motivated and moving ahead.

Fear of the unknown

People cling to the status quo because it is known. Even a very bad situation is better, to some people, than an unknown, maybe better one. Making changes triggers this fear of not knowing what to expect. Paint a picture of the way it will be. Make it clear that things will be better and let people (and yourself) know what that will look like.

Good is the enemy of great

If things are okay it is very hard for people to overcome that inertia. Don’t fix it, if it ain’t broke. But good enough, isn’t great. If things aren’t improving, then it’s time to shake things up so they can get better!

Fear of making mistakes

That is why capacity is so important. By having some capacity, you can afford to make some mistakes. If you are up against a deadline, or don’t have spare cash in the bank, a mistake can be devastating. Build some capacity in your business so that you have the room to try new things.

Making a change involves doing things differently

That takes conscious effort. Most of us run on autopilot most of the time. We have to. Can you imagine rethinking everything every day? Making changes means rethinking and doing things differently. Stay with it. You will have to think about it every day until it becomes automatic. They say that takes 30 days. Make a 30 day challenge for yourself. Chart your progress. Tell other people.

Making a change is really about creating new habits

Leo Babauta has made a study of habit creation and has a great post about it here.

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  1. Great post on habits by Len!! WOw. I’m doing this now….and this is a perfect blog to send to some clients who asked about it too!

    Becky

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