Wanting change is not enough

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.


2 thoughts on “Wanting change is not enough

  1. Change is so hard. People naturally don’t want change. Especially when they *perceive* the change to be big or hard work.

    If had 2 cents for every groan and complaint about *how things currently are* then I’d be rich 🙂

    There are many barriers for change too. People will happily put a wall in front of you if they don’t want things to happen. With people often being selfish (ie – fear of losing their jobs or not getting promoted), these walls can be put up unnecessarily.

    I personally like to do things one step at a time. Baby steps, each time proving that things are changing for the better.

    This book may interest you – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Switch-change-things-when-hard/dp/1847940323/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321314515&sr=8-1

    • Yeah, change doesn’t have to be so drastic or immediate all the time. Taking baby steps IS an option! 🙂 Thanks for the book suggestion, btw. I’ll definitely check it out!

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