It get it. Things change too much. Some change feels like your wallet and keys have gone missing. It’s a simple equation: change = frustration. But listen up people: sometimes change is necessary for the sake of somebody else.
Pity the fool who sees the need for change. He wakes up every day with the knowledge of the need and the looming push-back by “the guardians of the rubble.” He knows what must be added, deleted or even (wait for it…) ALTERED. That’s the one we (royal we) really don’t like. Even if something is terribly broken, at least it’s our broken thing.
Here are four top reasons people circle the wagons around “the way we were.”
1) The Good ‘Ol Days
When you ask people their ideas how to get something done, they may refer back to, “The good ol’ days” when they thought things were working well. The methods of that period get elevated as the reason things went well. Those who were successful in the last paradigm have most trouble with the next.
2) We tried that
This excuse seems legit to the speaker. He can show you his scars and considers it sound research. He was there and watched things come tumbling down. It’s amazing how one failed attempt can inoculate us against taking future risks.
3) We’ve never done it that way before
Leith Anderson calls these “The seven last words of a dying company or church.” Ironically, this one is the mirror image of #2. But instead of fear driving, pride is the motivator. It presumes that “we’ve arrived.” Picture the two old gents in the balcony on the Muppet Show.
4) What’s in it for me?
“Where will I be after were done? No longer in charge? No thanks.” People feel threatened. It usually wells-up between the time they open their eyes in the morning and the moment they nod off at night–and twice on Mondays.
We’re ALL prone to guard whatever norm that makes us comfy.
What’s your excuse? Seriously–what other excuses do you hear to keep things status quo?