Occasionally, we come across folks who say they want change or who are ranting about how things are currently done. (Chances are, at one point or another, we’re one of those folks.) But then after some time, we get in touch with them and find out that nothing had changed even though it’s perfectly within their power (or their limits) to trigger the change. In asking why, we sometimes get to the sad conclusion that nothing changed because nothing was changed. They just shrugged things off, maybe, or hoped that things would somehow just get better. At best, if they had even bothered to note down, what they end up with is a growing list of problems where nothing gets crossed off.
That list of wants or rants won’t magically get resolved. Stating the problem is not enough to get it solved just as stating the goal is not enough to get it done. It’s a start. But there’s got to be a change in mindset from simply just saying “I want X!” to coming up with something like “I want X so here’s what we can do…” I think Antoine de Saint-Exupery said it best: A goal without a plan is just a wish. Of course, planning won’t suffice — there are still the harder parts of following through with the plan (personally, I go by plan-do-check-act). But unless someone drives the change, you’re pretty much stuck to just waiting for nothing to happen.