Change when Needed; Stay the Course Otherwise

December 26, 2019 pwm1

Have no fear of change as such and, on the other hand, no liking of it merely for its own sake.

—Robert Moses (1938, by C.M. Stieglitz; Public Domain)

Change can be difficult, which is why so many of us remain stuck in our channel of comfort—or, more often, discomfort. When change is required to move forward, we must enter the process with the right frame of mind, fully understanding why it is necessary to change course, and prepared to exert the energy necessary to break free of the trench which we have dug for ourselves.   

But change for the sake of change is often a pretext for simply lacking the willingness to do the work required in our current situation. When the going gets tough, it is easier to imagine charting a new path rather than simply putting our head down and doing what needs to be done. So, before making a change, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Then, with the clarity that comes from a clear-headed assessment, do what must be done—whether that means making a change or staying the course with a renewed commitment.   

—Michael S. Hazell

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