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Have you been resisting change? It is a natural behavior when cornered in a comfortable setting…?

“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” Warren Buffett

By Dan Rockwell?

Talking about change is easy, acceptable, even exciting.

Talking and executing are two different things. Change becomes real when we have to change our own attitudes and behaviors, not until.

The wrong picture:

Change movements don’t begin with painting pictures of a castle on the hill – dreams of the future.

People won’t dream of bright futures until it feels dark all around.

The right picture:

Doom and gloom in the valley always comes before gleaming castles on the hill.

Change movements begin with dissatisfaction in the present. Create want. People won’t change until they want change.

Change begins with those who accept that the present is unacceptable.

Paint pictures of organizations who failed doing the things you’re doing. Demonstrate the current path is mediocrity at best and death at the worst.


  1. All doom and gloom inspires defeat not dreams.
  2. Insulting the present insults those who are invested in the present.
  3. Making it hurt, hurts. All change hurts because something always goes away.


  1. Where possible, celebrate and build on the past and present.
  2. Help people see where they fit in. People won’t go to a place where they don’t have a place.
  3. Provide large doses of comfort and encouragement with honor, recognition, and gratitude.
  4. Realize all change happens from the bottom up and the top down. Neglect one and you’re doomed.

Martin Luther King’s dream was a top-down and a bottom-up movement. Its real power was it touched and empowered people at the bottom.

Favorite quotes:

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”—General Eric Shinseki

How can leaders paint dark pictures without defeating the troops?

Note: grab on the first opportunity that feels appropriate to start changing anything. And don’t let go after this first step. One single change opens new windows for other transformations.

At home, a recalcitrant member to changes in the house and going on vacation is a great opportunity to clear your mind and begin an alteration: dumping 40 years of accumulated waste, cleaning attics thoroughly, washing old curtains and letting fresh air and perspective inundate the house, opening windows that never were opened or cleaned from the outside, dumping old carpets, painting a few walls…




April 2020

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