Change is usually uncomfortable and can be painful. Change is uncertain, risky and puts you into an unfamiliar territory. Change can be seen as unsafe many times. Change is hard. The fear of change is real….in your mind.
Status quo, on the other hand, is easy. It’s like coasting along the familiar path which you’ve taken countless of times. Following your habitual patterns of work and behavior feel safe….feel right at home. It’s like you’re cruising on autopilot, enjoying the pleasant cool breeze on your face; it’s hard to give up on that.
But if there is no change, then you will be getting the outcome that you have always been getting. Einstein said it would be insane to expect anything different!
Prize vs Price
The visualized outcome of most New Year resolutions looks attractive to everyone. A new slim physique, a six-pack washboard abs, healthy body free from bad habits, a brand new car/house/(fill in the blanks here). The ‘prize’ looks good alright! Yet most will abandon and quit the race by the end of the first month, and go back to their comfort zone.
Bigger, long-term, game-changing goals demand a great price. It’s like climbing to the peak of a mountain. That’s why so few reach the top.
There is a price to pay for every prize. No doubt about it. Many are not willing to pay the price. Some, on the other hand, have paid the foolish price for a small prize.
Count The Cost
“Count the cost first. Don’t pay too big a price for minor values.” ~ Jim Rohn
Count the cost. You have to get really good in counting the values and costs of each goal you’re considering to go for. Only you would know what goals are worthwhile and what goals are not. That reminds me of an ancient wisdom from the Scripture:
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king, Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace…” (Luke 14:28-31).
Choose your battles wisely. Pick the ones that are worth fighting for, don’t be a casualty in the small fights.
1) What desirable change that has the prize that is big and compelling enough that’s worth its price to pay?
2) What’s the price to change now vs the price to pay in future if no change is made?
3) What consequences are you willing to bear for making your decision?
Stick Out Your Neck
I’d like to end by including a story I’ve heard a of a company that embraced the turtle as their mascot of choice (hence the image of the turtle for this post!).
Why turtle? Most teams would have chosen something more obvious and ‘positive’ like the eagle, lion, horse etc. After all, the turtle is perceived as slow and cumbersome, not a very inspiring symbol, right?
When asked why, the CEO said this: “Progress can only be made when you stick out your neck”. That made perfect sense for them! Everyone in the team got the picture and took risks and bold steps to accomplish what they have not done before. If it worked for them, then no arguments there!
Let me ask you a question, “What kind of progress or change is worth sticking your neck out for?”