Sometimes I use this as an example when I’m at client sites. I tell them the moral of the story, too: “If you can’t change the little things in your methods, you’ll never change the big things. Pick something, make it better. Don’t worry if it is just a little thing. If you lather, rinse, and repeat that a few times, you will have made a big difference. BUT if you wait for everyone else to change BEFORE you will, remember that everyone else is thinking the same thing, and so nobody will change anything. Don’t wait for permission, or worry about doing something different, or invent reasons why you don’t have authority. Somebody has to make the first move. It might as well be you. Change your world, today.”
Seth, as usual, drives the point home with this question…
If you aren’t doing anything different, how can you expect to accomplish anything different?
This idea is especially relevant at the beginning of a new year, when we are evaluating and planning. So many of the “resolutions” we make never make it past January 2, and so many of the big dreams and plans we have for our lives, our organizations, etc. never see the light of day. Why? In large part – and I’m speaking from personal and painful experience here – it’s because we keep on doing the same stuff, while expecting a different outcome.
Somebody blogged earlier this week about their New Year’s resolutions. One the top ones was…
Change something without getting permission.
I like that. Do you want to change your world? Change something. Today. Now.