Time for change?

If you are old enough, in your head, you will hear Peter Brady’s voice when you say “Time for change.” The episode of the Brady Bunch where the singing group was nervous that they couldn’t perform because Peter’s voice was changing. The family went on to sing in the episode, using Peter’s cracking voice to their advantage. Obviously, it was a very memorable episode and brings up an excellent point. Change is GOOD, and you will survive change.

I’ve always asked myself, why are people are so resistant to change? Let’s think about this for a second. Keeping things the same is comfy and comfy is easy, it is a warm fuzzy blanket. It is heading down the same familiar path day after day. Some people love comfy, because change is scary. Wandering into uncharted territory, down a different path without your blankie, there might be lions and tigers and bears, oh my. There also might be new ideas, new life, undiscovered brilliance.

Here is my point: If change doesn’t happen, new ideas, new life and all of the amazing undiscovered brilliance would not happen. Make sense?

Resistance to change is a gargantuan road block of life. If change did not happen, there would be no love, no marriage, no children, no job, no house, no home. Change is GOOD. My husband likes things to stay the same and gets cranky when I suggest change. He says “I don’t like change for the sake of change.” My answer to him, always is, if there was no change, we wouldn’t be together and we wouldn’t have had our children. Life is change and change is life.

Change is everywhere and is good in all realms including work. My worst pet peeve in the work environment is “Because that is the way we have always done it.” If you believe this in a work setting, then you might as well put your feet on your desk and cover up with that comfy blankie because that is how much successful work you are going to get accomplished … absolutely none. Change is the reason new ideas are implemented, employees succeed, and why companies grow. New ideas, new processes, trying new things, troubleshooting, round-tables, team building. All of these involve change. Don’t fear the change, because it is what moves a job and a company forward.

In the words of Barack Obama, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Don’t wait for change. Be the change. Take the chance. Express the idea. Fall in love. Get married. Have kids. Take the job. Sing the song. It worked for the Brady Bunch, trust me, it will work for you.

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