Change is Inevitable. Progress is Optional

Change Is Inevitable – Progress Is Optional
Labrador Retrievers – yellow, black & chocolate

It is human nature to dislike and resist change.

We hang onto that old comfy pair of jeans even though they are falling apart at the seams.

We ignore the warning signs that we need to change our spending habits. So what if those habits have created incredible debt!

We maintain daily routines when we no longer remember why we started in the first place. Always brushing our teeth bottom right to left and top right to left. Putting the left shoe on before the right. Trying to do things in a different order leaves us feeling discombobulated.

We freak out when our employer brings in a new piece of equipment we have to learn to use. The old way was working just fine!

We always sleep on the same side of the bed even though we have the entire bed to ourselves.

We dislike change. In some cases, we even fear change. We often pretend it isn’t going to happen and isn’t happening. We are the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand. Keep that attitude and change will bite you in the butt!

Change is inevitable no matter how much we try to avoid or ignore it. It is natural. It happens whether or not we want it. Sometimes change happens to us and sometimes it happens because of us. Change can be evolutionary, happening over time. Sometimes it is acute, happening without warning.

Now, progress is another story. Progress isn’t inevitable. Progress is definitely optional. It comes about because we intentionally create it out of impending or desired change.

Embrace the inevitability of change. We would do well to pay attention to what is going on around us so we recognize the signs of or need for change. Prepare. Intentionally direct change.

Don’t be an old fuddy-duddy whining about change and lamenting the good old days. Deliberately, intentionally create progress out of change.

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