I think the only people who really enjoy change are those impacted purely by the results of it.
For example, think about all of the effort that goes into preparing for a new addition to the family. Before Junior even arrives, you’ve made a huge financial investment. Excluding any medical considerations, a new baby requires a massive amount of equipment, bedding and clothes. We’re not even talking diapers yet. In addition, adjustments need to be made for meals, sleeping (or the lack thereof) and yes, now we’re talking diapers. At this point however, the new arrival could care less. He arrives on the scene and waits for his needs to be met. He’s not the least concerned about the changes made on his behalf. He’s only interested in the results.
If we’re honest, we understand that change is not only good, but also necessary. If Junior remained in diapers until age 21, well you get my drift. The problem with change is that it makes demands on your life and moves you out of your comfort zone. For instance:
- The weight I want to lose will not come off without serious attention to diet and exercise.
- The skills I need to move forward won’t come without time applied to reading, practice and some self-reinvention.
- The entrepreneurial ideas I’d like to see succeed will not materialize without some risk and a lot of hard work.
I may not always enjoy the process of change, yet perseverance will, more often than not, obtain the results I desire. Does this also mean the sooner I start, the closer I am to enjoying the final product and hence, learning to like change?